Springs Fever: A Field & Recreation Guide to 500 Florida Springs.
3rd Edition by Joe Follman and Richard Buchanan

Columbia Spring

Columbia County

Summary of Features

  • Scale - 1st magnitude
  • Scenery - fine to excellent
  • How Pristine? - very pristine, near highway
  • Swimming - poor
  • Protection - unknown/private
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - very good, water only
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - very good
  • Scuba - unknown
  • Cost - free


From downtown High Springs drive about two miles north on U.S. 41/441 to bridge over the Santa Fe River.  The boat ramp to the river is on theNW side of the bridge.  Put in and go downriver about ¼ mile to the spring run on the right.

Link to additional directions and a map

Spring Description

The spring forms a semi-circular pool over 150 feet wide with a run of nearly equal width that flows about 500 feet to the Santa Fe River.  Water was flowing strongly from the spring on date of visit, forming a large boil area.  The water was not very clear and may include non-filtered water from the main river as well as "spring" water.  Limestone was visible on the bottom in the shallow areas, and some algae is evident.  The land around the spring is low, swampy, and heavily forested.  There is a house on land above the spring to the east.

According to Carter & Pearce (1985, p. 139) a large sink in the bed of the Santa Fe River just outside of the Columbia Spring run swallows part of the river.  The water rises again a few hundred yards downstream.


Local Springiana

Personal Impressions

The authors suspect that, as with Treehouse Spring upriver, the water flowing from Columbia Spring contains water from the Santa Fe River and is, in effect, another river rise.  Rosenau et al., reference testing of the water in this spring as showing it contained both river water and water directly from the Floridan aquifer (1977, pp. 105-106).

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Other Nearby Natural Features