Summary of Features
- Scale - 2nd magnitude
- Scenery - good
- How Pristine? - heavily eroded; parking area above spring
- Swimming - very good
- Protection - poor
- Wildlife - unknown
- Crowds - very heavy on weekends and during summer
- Access - good
- Facilities - none
- Safety - fair to good
- Scuba - yes
- Cost - free
Coming from Mayo to Luraville, turn right at caution light. Take firstright on dirt road about 1 mile to the spring on the right.
Full Directions From Mayo, drive north on State Road 51. After about 4 miles, you willcross the Suwannee River. The flashing light at Luraville is another 1-1.5miles north, just past the agriculture weigh station. There is a countrystore on the left at the flashing light. Turn right at the light onto LuravilleRoad, then take the first right onto a somewhat bumpy sand road and proceedto the spring. Just before you reach the river, the road forks. The leftfork goes to a boat ramp; the right fork to the spring.
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
The spring is set in a large depression about 120 feet from the SuwanneeRiver and flows directly into the river. The spring is shaped like a lumpy,bent exclamation mark, with a circular opening in the limestone (5-6 feetin diameter—the exclamation point) at the back (NW) end, a small limestonebridge, and the run below to the river. Water flows from a cave beneaththe limestone bridge, and the boil is visible on both sides of the bridge.The cave entrance is about 18 feet deep and is popular with divers.
The run is 20-30 feet wide and tapers rapidly from 15 feet deep nearthe limestone bridge to about one foot deep at the mouth of the run. Wateris clear and the bottom is sandy with areas of exposed limestone. Smallfish are visible in the deeper part of the pool. The area immediately surroundingthe spring is heavily eroded and sandy. Sinkholes are nearby, and the areais framed by heavy forest and karst terrain.
- Telford is a very popular local hangout and is used heavily on weekendsand during the summer. The land is privately owned, but the owner doesnot restrict access.
- Vendors work the site on weekends in the summer, selling boiled peanuts,drinks, and other items.
- There is a rope swing just a few feet upriver of the mouth of the run alongthe river.
- Dogs have free run on the site.
- Human traffic has caused extensive damage to the spring basin. Erosionhas pushed great quantities of sand into the spring, undermined trees,and destroyed foliage. Garbage is abundant in the spring and parking areas,fires made to burn trash create charred areas, and the crowds can be rowdy.
- Orange Grove
- Allen Mill Pond
Other Nearby Natural Features
- Other Sinkholes in Peacock State Recreation Area