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

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Unnamed Spring

Gilchrist County

Summary of Features

  • Scale - 2nd magnitude (est.)
  • Scenery - good-very good
  • How Pristine? - dock just downstream of and above spring
  • Swimming - fair-good
  • Protection - unknown
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - very good, boat only
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - good
  • Scuba - yes
  • Cost - free

Quick Directions

5-10 minutes' paddle below Wilson Spring on south side of the SantaFe River under high bank just before a high dock.

Directions

From U.S. 27 in Ft. White, take Wilson Springs Road west about 4 miles to the spring and boat ramp on the Santa Fe River. Put in, cross to near the south side, and the look for the spring on the left after 5-10 minutes in an area of high banks.

Spring Description

The spring lies in the riverbed on the south side of the river and creates a semicircular alcove. There are high (15 feet) and steep limestone/sandbanks above the river at this spot, and the spring forms a small alcove. There is a pronounced boil. The water was fairly clear, but the depth could not be determined except that it was greater than 12 feet. A few feet downstreamof the spring at the top of the bank is an overhanging wooden dock/platform. There is a cleared area across from the spring, where small boys were playing on date of visit (January 2001).

Use/Access

Local Springiana

The two boys playing across from the spring knew there was a spring at this site, but did not know a name for it.

Personal Impressions

This spring is not described in any literature the authors have found. It is a powerfully flowing spring--surely second magnitude. Weather conditions were too cold for diving on the date of visit, but the authors are determined to return.

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