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

Shellcracker Springs
Washington County

Summary of Features
  • Scale -3rd magnitude 
  • Scenery - fair-good
  • How Pristine? - very pristine
  • Swimming - no
  • Protection - unknown
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - fair-difficult, by water then foot
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - fair 
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free 
Small spring at back of Shellcracker main pool

Small flow above spring basin
Spring basin
Mouth of run
Spring basin
Nearby sand boils in Holmes Creek
Quick Directions
On Holmes Creek north of Vernon.  From center of Vernon, go 2-3miles NE on State Road 277 to public boat ramp at Big Pine Landing. Put in boat and go about 1/4 mile upriver toward Cypress Springs. Lookfor two mouths of the short spring run on the right (east) where the rivermakes a big turn to the left.

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 atthe following address:  http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida

Spring Description
This spring group consists of several small flows and seeps in an areaof deep floodplain forest adjacent to Holmes Creek.  The main springpool is about oval and about 300 by 60 feet.  Some sand boils arevisible in the main pool, which has a muddy bottom and a depth that appearsto be shallow but which was difficult to determine visually because thewater was not very clear and was a brownish color.

Besides the boils in the main pool, the overall spring flow is supplementedby at least additional springs. One is at the upper end of the spring pooland forms a small seep pool.  This pool is oval, perhaps 8 by 15 feet,about 1 foot deep, and had a mile sand boil.  Another is on the rightside (as one walks along the spring pool from the river downstream) andforms a small creek that flows about 100 feet from a grassy-swampy areainto the spring pool.  The whole springs area is set in heavily vegetatedfloodplain forest.

Note:  a short distance upriver of Shellcracker Springs, ont he sa me (east) side of the river, are a number of small sand boils inthe shallow water near the bank in the riverbed of Holmes Creek.


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