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

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Worthington Spring

Union County

Summary of Features

  • Scale - 4th magnitude
  • Scenery - fair
  • How Pristine? - overgrown concrete structure around spring
  • Swimming - no
  • Protection - none
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - very good
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - good
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free

Directions

From the junction of State Roads 121 and 18 in the town of Worthington Springs, drive south about 0.4 miles and turn right onto poorly maintained dirt road that leads down to the river before the bridge over the Santa Fe River. Park at the bottom and look to the right for the remnants of the enclosure around the spring.

Spring Description

The spring is in a low and damp wooded area near the north bank of the river. The area is subject to flooding when the Santa Fe River is high.The spring is surrounded by the crumbling remains of a concrete pool enclosure that rises up to 20 feet from the ground. The pool was once filled with water from the spring that was enclosed by an adjacent 12-foot-square concrete wall at the east end of the pool. The enclosure is overgrown with foliage. The pool walls are crumbling, and the nearly imperceptible flow from the spring piddles through a hole in the wall into the river at the east end.

Use/Access

Local Springiana

Personal Impressions

The spring is vaguely reminiscent of an overgrown Mayan ruin. There appear to be no plans to either restore the pool or tear down the crumbling structure that once enclosed it. It is not worth visiting for its physical beauty.

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