|Summary of Features|
point where bus is shown in this photo at upper left.)
Runs where they meet Suwannee
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
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.
- The spring is closed to the public, fenced, and on private property. The entrance to the spring pool is blocked by a string of floats strungacross its mouth. The sign says boat may not enter because the springpool is a swimming area. However, no swimming is possible in thepool in its current condition.
- The blocking of access to the spring is probably illegal.
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.
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O’Leno State Park
San Felasco Hammock State Preserve
Fanning Springs State Recreation Area
River Rise State Preserve
Hart Springs County Park
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