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

Wilson Spring

Columbia County

Summary of Features

  • Scale - 2nd magnitude<
  • Scenery - poor-fair<
  • How Pristine? - in developed area, choked with exotics<
  • Swimming - fair<
  • Protection - unknown<
  • Crowds - can be heavy on warm weekends<
  • Access - very good, boat or car; must canoe into spring<
  • Facilities - fair<
  • Safety - good<
  • Scuba - yes<
  • Cost - free<
  • Directions<


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. The spring is also about 3 miles downriver from the boat ramp where State Road 47 crosses the Santa Fe River.

Spring Description

The spring is in a residential area and is at the head of a run of bout 100 yards. The spring forms a circular pool about 75 feet in diameter and 10-12 feet deep. Water in the pool is clear but fairly dark. There is a strong boil in the NW corner of the pool. The pool and run are filled with exotic vegetation as well as duckweed. Algae is present in the pooland run. The run is about 40 feet wide and 1-3 feet deep and has a strong current. There are low banks and some trees along the run and around the spring pool.


Local Springiana

Text from Johnson & Faircloth:

Personal Impressions

The spring is marred and altered by the very heavy exotic vegetationin it and its run. The land and development around the spring are unattractive.

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