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

Eureka Springs

Hillsborough County

Summary of Features

  • Scale -only flow in times of well-above-average rainfall; natural flow
  • disrupted
  • Scenery - good
  • How Pristine? - in park/garden setting, paths, exotic plants and flowers
  • Swimming - no
  • Protection - excellent
  • Crowds - small to none
  • Access - excellent
  • Facilities - good
  • Safety - excellent
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - $2 per vehicle

Quick Directions

Address and phone: 6400 Eureka Springs Road, Tampa, 33610, 813-744-5536

From Tampa, go east on Interstate 4.  At the U.S. 301 exit complex, take exit 6C east, then bear right onto Eureka Springs Road and continue to Eureka Springs County Park, on the left.

Link to park web site and map

Spring Description

At least five springs are located in Eureka Springs County Park. Little evidence of flow was observed in January 2000.  Three springs are within 150 feet of the parking area - to the north, west, and south.  The largest spring site (to the north) is adjacent to the parking and picnic areas and is a circular pool about 50 feet in diameter.  There is no flow from the spring, which is covered with duckweed and other aquatic vegetation.  A second spring is in front of (west) the parking area, is oval-shaped and about 8 feet across and 15 feet long.  The spring forms a shallow and plant-covered run that flows about 125 feet south to join the run from a fourth spring to the west.  The third spring near the parking area spring has a small (six feet in diameter) circular pool with brown water. The pool is mostly canopied.

Two other springs are located within a wooded, swampy area in the park that is encircled by a boardwalk on its perimeter.  The larger of the two springs is in the SW corner of the boardwalk trail, and its headwaters may be viewed through the dense foliage and plant-filled waters.  It forms a run that flows east and which is joined by the smaller two springs near the parking area.  No vent was visible.  A fifth spring is near the center of the heavily wooded and swampy area in the middle of a looping boardwalk that goes through the park.  Its narrow and shallow run was seen, but the foliage was too thick to permit view or access to the spring itself and it was not visited.

When the springs flow, their runs combine into a run that enters Six Mile Creek, which is now the site of the Tampa Bypass Canal.  Staff at the site told JF that the springs only flow in times of above-average rainfall.


Personal Impressions

Any dead spring is a sad sight, and Eureka Springs is another example of how complex spring/aquifer connections can be.  The park is attractive, although it is virtually forgotten and lies an unattractive and somewhat obscure location between the interstate, the Tampa Bypass Canal, and an airport.


Nearby Springs

Other Nearby Natural Features