Summary of Features
- Scale - 2nd magnitude Scenery -
- How Pristine? - house across from spring, suds in water, otherwise very natural
- Swimming - no
- Protection - excellent
- Crowds - none
- Access - good to mouth of run, difficult to headspring
- Facilities - none
- Safety - fair-good
- Scuba - unknown
- Cost - free
From the intersection of U.S. 19/98/27A and State Road 51, drive south on SR 51, past campground area about a mile and turn left onto the first dirt road. Continue a short distance until the road forks. Take the right fork and then the first left turn (onto a thinner sandy road after a couple of hundred yards) at sign for boat launch and follow a short distance to the boat launch on the Steinhatchee River. From the boat launch, follow the path going upriver along the bank 100-150 yards to the mouth of the spring run.
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 at the following address: http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida
JF has only seen the mouth of the spring run and the final stretch of the run before it spills into the Steinhatchee River. The run narrows from 14 feet across to about 6 feet across in the last 100 feet of its course and tumbles into the river. The water was fairly clear and somewhat dark on date of visit (April 2001). According to Hornsby & Ceryak (2000), the run is 1,500 feet long, and the spring forms a pool that is 60 feet across. Their photograph shows suds in the mouth of the run, suggesting the water is polluted. JF did not see any suds on his visit.
- The spring and its run are on land managed by the Suwannee River Water Management District.
- The spring is near several boat launches, but is too obstructed to be visited by canoe.
JF did not see a path along the run, but did see lots of poison oak and poison ivy along the riverbank path. Not wearing proper clothing, he did not explore the ¼ mile run.
- Steinhatchee Spring
- Iron Spring
- Steinhatchee Rise
Other Nearby Natural Features
- Steinhatchee Falls
- Econfina River State Park
- Wacissa River/Slave Canal
- Wakulla Springs State Park
- St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge