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

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 WorthingtonSprings, drive south about 0.4 miles and turn right onto poorly maintaineddirt road that leads down to the river before the bridge over the SantaFe. Park at the bottom and look to the right for the remnants of the enclosurearound 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

Spring Description
The spring is in a low and damp wooded area near the north bank ofthe 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 enclosurethat rises up to 20 feet from the ground. The pool was once filled withwater from the spring that was enclosed by an adjacent 12-foot-square concretewall at the east end of the pool. The enclosure is overgrown with foliage.The pool walls are crumbling, and the nearly imperceptible flow from thespring piddles through a hole in the wall into the river at the east end.

Use/Access

  • There is no current use of the pool, which was already long-abandoned whenvisited by Rosenau et al. (1977, p. 391) in 1972. The ruin of the concreteswimming enclosure is all that remains of a hotel, recreation hall, andbathhouse.
  • A marker at the turnoff from SR 121 has information and photographs ofthe old pool when the spring was the social centerpiece of the town thatcarries its name.
Personal Impressions
The spring is vaguely reminiscent of an overgrown Mayan ruin. Thereappear to be no plans to either restore the pool or tear down the crumblingstructure that once enclosed it. It is not worth visiting for its physicalbeauty.

Nearby Springs
Santa Fe River Rise Spring

Other Nearby Natural Features

  • Ichetucknee Springs State Park
  • OíLeno State Park
  • San Felasco Hammock State Preserve
  • Devilís Millhopper State Geologic Site
  • River Rise State Preserve
  • Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park