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

HAM612982 Main Spring

Madison County

Hamilton County

  • Scale-3rd magnitude 
  • Scenery-Fine 
  • How Pristine?-completely pristine 
  • Swimming-No 
  • Protection-unknown 
  • Crowds-none 
  • Access-Good-canoe only 
  • Facilities-none 
  • Safety-good 
  • Scuba-no 
  • Cost-$5 to put in at nearby Madison Blue State Park, free if put in further upriver 


From I-10, go north (left) on exit 38 (County Road 255). Cross U.S. 90 at Lee and continue to State Road 6 (about 4 miles). Turn right and proceed about 4 miles to Madison Blue Spring State Park on the right just before crossing the Withlacoochie River. Put in at Madison Blue and canoe 5-10 minutes downriver. Spring is on the left.

Spring Description

This small spring is set in a grotto about 40 feet from the river. Water flows from a small cavity at the bottom of a narrow glen and is 2-3 feet deep at the vent. Banks rise up around the spring and run, which empties into the river. The creek is 3-6 feet wide. In times of high water, the spring would be inundated and probably not visible. Water in the spring was clear and was blue over the vent.


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