Summary of Features
- Scale - 2nd magnitude (est.)
- Scenery - good-very good
- How Pristine? - dock just downstream of and above spring
- Swimming - fair-good
- Protection - unknown
- Crowds - none
- Access - very good, boat only
- Facilities - none
- Safety - good
- Scuba - yes
- Cost - free
5-10 minutes' paddle below Wilson Spring on south side of the SantaFe River under high bank just before a high dock.
From U.S. 27 in Ft. White, take Wilson Springs Road west about 4 miles to the spring and boat ramp on the Santa Fe River. Put in, cross to near the south side, and the look for the spring on the left after 5-10 minutes in an area of high banks.
The spring lies in the riverbed on the south side of the river and creates a semicircular alcove. There are high (15 feet) and steep limestone/sandbanks above the river at this spot, and the spring forms a small alcove. There is a pronounced boil. The water was fairly clear, but the depth could not be determined except that it was greater than 12 feet. A few feet downstreamof the spring at the top of the bank is an overhanging wooden dock/platform. There is a cleared area across from the spring, where small boys were playing on date of visit (January 2001).
- The dock above the spring suggests there is a house above it, but no structures can be seen from the river except the dock because of the steep banks. The site is not signposted, but the land is likely private property. One can get into the spring from a boat, however.
- The spring invites free-diving and scuba.
The two boys playing across from the spring knew there was a spring at this site, but did not know a name for it.
This spring is not described in any literature the authors have found. It is a powerfully flowing spring--surely second magnitude. Weather conditions were too cold for diving on the date of visit, but the authors are determined to return.
- Cedar Spring
- Wilson Spring
- GIL 99974
Other Nearby Natural Features
- Ichetucknee Springs State Park
- O'Leno State Park
- River Rise State Preserve