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


    From Branford, drive about 5 miles NW on U.S. 27. Turn right on CR 425, whichangles to the northeast. Go about a mile on the paved road and as it bendsto the left, turn right onto a wide dirt road at a large wooden sign thatsays, "Troy Spring Conservation Area.," which is managed by the SuwanneeRiver Water Management District. Turn right off the paved road, and driveabout 1.2 miles to the third road to the left. Turn left and proceed to RuthSpring.

    For maps, latitude/longitude data, driving directions, satellite imagery, and topographic representations as well as weather conditions at this spring, go to Greg Johnson's informative "Florida Springs Database" web site at thefollowing address:  http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida

    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 thatthe authors have visited. The depth of the pool varies with the level ofthe Suwannee River, but is generally shallow enough for wading. The wateris deepest over the small vent, which is 5-10 feet deep depending of thelevel of the Suwannee. There is a mild boil over the vent, which is nearthe wooden wall that has been erected next to the limestone wall around theparking-lot end of the pool to prevent erosion. Small fish congregate inthe 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.


    • The spring is a gathering area for picnics, making out, wading, andsome swimming. It is primarily a hangout for local folks.
    • A trail on the spring’s south side parallels the run to the SuwanneeRiver. Boaters tie up at the mouth of the run and walk up the run to thespring.
    • There is a rope swing at the spring pool.
    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 highwater, the trail along the run is muddy or submerged, and the spring is notvery clear.

    Nearby Springs

    • Suwannee Blue, Royal, Bathtub, Convict, Owens, Mearson, Li ttle River,Sulfur, Shingle, Branford, Cow, Running
    Other Nearby Natural Features
    • Suwannee River State Park
    • Itchetucknee River Stat e P ark
    Contact Information
    • Suwannee River Water Management District
    • 9225 CR49
    • Live Oak, FL 32060
    • 800-226-1066