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

Sun (or Aiken) Spring
Gilchrist County

Summary of Features
  • Scale—2nd magnitude 
  • Scenery—poor
  • How Pristine?—houses on spring and run, land cleared around spring; springbasin totally filled with hydrilla and water lettuce 
  • Swimming—not possible
  • Protection—unknown/private 
  • Access—none/private
View of Spring Pool, circa 1997
 
Spring run, 2/02
Spring pool, 2/02. (The 1997 photo taken from
point where bus is shown in this photo at upper left.)
Mouth of combined Sun/Lumbercamp 
Runs where they meet Suwannee

Directions
By Land:  From Fanning Springs, drive north on SR 26 1-2miles. At fork in Wilcox, go north on SR 232. Drive 6-7 miles.  Theroad becomes dirt. About 0.5 miles after SW 25th Street, turn left (west)onto Sun Springs Road (row of trees is along  road). Go 1-1.5 miles,turn south (left) into neighborhood. Go about 0.3 mile around bend andspring will be on the right behind a fence.

By Water:  From the intersection of U.S. 19/98 and StateRoad 26 in Fanning Springs, go east on SR 26 about one mile to intersectionwith Highway 232.  Turn left (north) on 232 and go 5-6 miles. Road becomes dirt during this stretch.  Turn left (west) onto SW 25thStreet and follow signs to public boat ramp.  At ramp, put canoe inand go upriver ¼ mile to mouth of combined spring runs for Sun andLumbercamp Springs.  After about 200 feet, paddle into right fork(the main channel) and continue another 700 feet.  At next fork, stayto right and continue another 300 feet to spring.

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

Spring Description
The spring is set in what is now the back yard of a house on privateproperty.  The spring pool is oval and perhaps 60 by 100 feet in diameter,and shallow except for over the vent.  The depth at the vent appearedto exceed 10 feet.  The water was very clear and light blue on dateof visit in 1997.  When revisited in February 2002, the appearanceof the spring and run were drastically altered.  The entire springpool area and first 100 feet of the run were covered in water lettuce (floatingatop hydrilla).  The exotics made passage virtually impossible.

The spring run makes a right turn out of the pool and flows 1,500 feetto the Suwannee River.  Nearly the entire run is badly choked by hydrillaand water l ett uce.  The water lettuce thickens as the run nears thespring.  The  run links with that of Lumbercamp Spring about200 feet from the Suwannee River.

Use/Acce ss

Personal Impressions
The transformation of Sun Spring from a clear, blue spring and runto an exotic-choked hole and canal is a  tragedy.  The springrun was greatly altered in the early 1970s to create canals and accessto the Suwannee River.  Recreation boats must have introduced hydrillaand water lettuce to the spring and run, and now the pool and run are unnavigable.

Nearby Springs

Other Nearby Natural Features
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
O’Leno State Park
San Felasco Hammock State Preserve
Fanning Springs State Recreation Area
River Rise State Preserve
Hart Springs County Park
Manatee Springs State Park