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

Steinhatchee Spring
Lafayette County
Summary of Features
  • Summary of Features
  • Scale - 4th magnitude
  • Scenery - very good
  • How Pristine? - spring enclosed in brick structure in small park
  • Swimming - no
  • Protection - very good
  • Crowds - small to none
  • Access - good
  • Facilities - fair
  • Safety - good
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free

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    Directions
    From the intersection of U.S. 19/98/27A and State Road 51, drive north on SR51 for 3.9 miles.  Turn right (east) onto well-graded dirt road and drive about ½ mile.  After crossing the Steinhatchee River, turn left (north) onto first road.  Drive 0.8 miles past several houses.  Take left at fork and the spring will be on the left.

    Spring Description
    Steinhatchee Spring is in a two-section brick enclosure in a small park along the Steinhatchee River.  Water flows from a limestone opening at the bottom of a cylindrical brick enclosure that is about 5 feet high and three feet in diameter.  Water flows through openings in this enclosure into a small square brick pool that is about 6 feet across and four feet deep.  A drain at the bottom of the pool allows the spring to exit and flow into the Steinhatchee River 15 feet away.  On date of visit (February 2001), the flow was very low--about the amount of a running faucet on high.

    The water has a strong sulfur odor and left white deposits along its short run to the Steinhatchee River.  There is also algae along the run and in the brick enclosure.

    Use/Access

    Personal Impressions
    Steinhatchee is an attractive little spring and park and worth the 5-minute detour off the highway to see it.

    Nearby Springs

     Other Nearby Natural Features
    Steinhatchee Falls
    Econfina River State Park
    Wacissa River/Slave Canal
    Wakulla Springs State Park
    St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge