Springs Fever: A Field & Recreation Guide to 500 Florida Springs.
2nd Edition by Joe Follman and Richard Buchanan

Ruth Spring

Lafayette County

Summary of Features

  • Scale -2nd magnitude
  • Scenery -very good
  • How Pristine? -wall and parking area, but otherwise relatively unspoiled
  • Swimming -fair
  • Protection -excellent
  • Crowds -small
  • Access -excellent
  • Facilities -none
  • Safety -very good
  • Scuba -no
  • Cost -free

Directions

Map

From Branford, Travel west on US 27, turn right on NE CR 421; travel north 1 mile and the Ruth Springs tract entrance is on the right. From Mayo: Travel east on US 27, turn left on NE CR 421; travel 1 mile and the entrance is on the right.

Spring Description

Ruth Spring forms a tear-drop-shaped pool that is about 50 feet in diameter. Water in the spring is clear and has had a greenish tint on the dates that the authors have visited. The depth of the pool varies with the level of the Suwannee River, but is generally shallow enough for wading. The water is deepest over the small vent, which is 5-10 feet deep depending of the level of the Suwannee. There is a mild boil over the vent, which is near a wooden wall that erected next to the limestone wall around the parking-lot end of the pool to prevent erosion. Small fish congregate in the pool. The spring forms a meandering, shallow run of about ¼ mileto the Suwannee. There is little vegetation in the spring pool or its run. Oak, gum, and cypress trees form a canopy over the pool and its run.

Use/Access

Personal Impressions

Ruth is worth a look, perhaps a snorkel, and a walk along its run to the Suwannee, but is not especially appealing as springs go. In times of high water, the trail along the run is muddy or submerged, and the spring is not very clear.

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