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Counties: Nassau, Duval, Clay, Bradford, Alachua, Levy, Dixie, Taylor, Madison, Hamilton, Columbia, Baker, Union, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Suwannee

Suwannee County Springs
Suwannee Springs
From Live Oak, drive about 7 miles north on U.S. 129, crossing under Interstate 10. Turn right on old highway 129, just before the agriculture station and solid waste collection site, and before crossing the Suwannee River. Turn right on dirt road sign-posted for the spring.

Little Gem (Or Lime) Spring
From boat ramp at Suwannee River State Park, walk upriver about ¼ mile to the spring on the left (or boat upriver that distance and spring will be on the right).

Lime Spring
From Interstate 10 exit #38 travel north four miles to town of Lee and turn right (east) on U.S. 90. Drive about 12 miles to Suwannee River State Park shortly after crossing the Suwannee River and proceed to the parking area just above the boat ramp at the end of the paved road. Lime Spring Run trail heads back from this parking area. The spring pool is just beyond where the trail crosses the run in Suwannee River State Park. The spring appears to lie within the State Park boundaries, but one must leave the path to reach it. From I-10 exit #39, travel west on U.S. 90 about 8-9 miles to the state park. (You will pass the entrance to Falmouth Spring on the way from exit #39.)

Mattair Spring
From Live Oak, drive north on U.S. 129 for 6-7 miles. Turn right onto County Road 136A. Turn on 85th Road, then right onto 75th Road to the entrance. Drive until the road ends and then follow the path upriver along the river about a mile to the spring.

Ellaville Spring
Just past and behind the agriculture weigh station where U.S. 90 crosses the Suwannee River, about 50 feet from the railroad trestle on the east bank.

Falmouth Spring
From Interstate 10 exit #38, travel north four miles to town of Lee and turn right (east) on U.S. 90. Drive about 14 miles to and turn right into spring entrance 2.2 miles east of the entrance to Suwannee River State Park. From I-10 exit #39, travel west on U.S. 90 about 5 miles to the spring entrance on the left.

Anderson Spring
Anderson Spring is about 3.5 mi W. of Falmouth on the east bank of the Suwannee River. Divers identify the exact location as being in the bed of the Suwannee River, adjacent to this land site.

An Essay on the Luraville Area

Charles Spring
Charles Spring is about 2.3 mi N. of Dell on the east bank of the Suwannee River. The pool is divided by a small limestone bridge and each section has a boil.

Thomas Spring
About 1 mile upriver from the boat landing at Lafayette Blue Spring or 1.5 miles downriver from the Allen Mill Pond or Charles Spring boat ramps on the east side of the Suwannee River. Look for a small break in the river berm just upriver from a brown house on stilts. In time of normal or high river levels, water would be flowing from the spring through the outlet. In times of drought, the spring and run do not flow.

Telford Spring
Coming from Mayo to Luraville, turn right at caution light. Take first right on dirt road about 1 mile to the spring on the right.

Luraville Springs
In the woods almost directly behind the dive shop in Luraville.

Bonnet Spring
In the west end of the Peacock Springs State Recreation Area about 1,000 feet from Luraville Road.

Cow Spring
From Mayo, drive north on State Road 51. After about 4 miles, you will cross the Suwannee River. The flashing light at Luraville is another 1-1.5 miles north, just past the agriculture weigh station. There is a country store on the left at the flashing light. Turn right at the light onto Luraville Road and drive about 3.5 miles. At intersection with church on the left, turn right (south) and go about 1.2 miles. There will be a sand road on the left that leads 200 yards to the spring.

Running Springs #1 and #2
From Mayo, drive north on State Road 51. After about 4 miles, you will cross the Suwannee River. The flashing light at Luraville is another 1-1.5 miles north, just past the agriculture weigh station. There is a country store on the left at the flashing light. Turn right at the light onto Luraville Road and drive about 3.5 miles. At intersection with church on the left, turn right (south) and go to the end of the road near the river about 1.3 miles. Instead of turning left or right, look for sand drive straight ahead and proceed 150 feet to bluff over springs.

Bathtub Spring
Put in at Convict Springs and head upriver about ¼ mile. Spring is on the opposite (NE) side.

Royal Spring
From the U.S. 27 bridge over the Suwannee River at Branford, head north on U.S. 129 for about 5½ miles, past the sign pointing to Little River Spring, until you reach the small community of O'Brien. A sign says "Royal Spring." (This is the last sign you will see with the word "Royal" on it.) Turn left on County Road 345 and go about 9 miles. If you see a Suwannee Farms sign on the right, you have gone too far. On your left you will see a graded road, 198 Trail (or Terrace), with a small yellow sign bearing a symbol that indicates a boat ramp. Go about 0.6 mile and turn left on 157th Lane. Go about 1/5th mile and you will dead-end into the park and boat ramp at the spring.

Suwannee Blue Spring
From the U.S. 27 bridge over the Suwannee River at Branford, head north on U.S. 129 for about 5½ miles, past the sign pointing to Little River Spring, until you reach the small community of O'Brien. A sign says "Royal Spring." That is the last sign you will see with the word "Royal" on it. Turn left on County Road 345 and go about 9 miles. If you see a Suwannee Farms sign on the right, you have gone too far. On your left you will see a graded road, 198 Trail (or Terrace), with a small yellow sign bearing a symbol that indicates a boat ramp. Go about 0.6 mile and turn left on 157th Lane. Go about 1/5th mile and you will dead-end into the park and boat ramp at the spring. Put in boat at Royal Spring, go downriver, and look for mouth of Suwannee Blue Springs run by a boulder on the left near the shore after about ¼ mile.

Little River Spring on the Suwannee River
From Branford, drive three miles north on U.S. 129 and turn left onto County Road 248. A green "Little River Spring" marks the turn. Go about a mile toward the river (west) and follow signs to the spring.

Branford Springs
Branford Spring is located on the east side of the Suwannee River, just south of the U.S. 27 bridge that crosses the river. Turn south into Ivey Memorial Park; the spring is on the right about 150 feet from the bridge.

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On the north side of the Santa Fe River 150 feet below where it is joined by the Ichetucknee River.

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From Branford, drive east/south on U.S. 27 about 4 miles to junction with U.S. 129. Drive south on U.S. 129 for about 5 miles, and turn right (west), immediately after passing the turn for State Road 138 (which is on the left/east). Drive on graded dirt road and then turn right/west on NW 39 Avenue to the Wanamake boat ramp on the Santa Fe River. (Note: the Santa Fe River is only about ¼ mile from the Suwannee River at this boat ramp.) Put in and go upriver about 2/3 to ¾ mile and look for spring on the left/west side. The spring is a short distance upriver from a swampy area on the north side characterized by very large cypress trees with wide trunks that taper dramatically and are reminiscent of Indian teepees.

Devil's Eye (or Boiling) Springs (on the Ichetucknee)
From Branford, drive SE on U.S. 27 for about 10 miles. Turn north (left) at park sign onto State Road 137. Take first paved road on the right (State Road 238) to the park entrance on the right. Put canoe in at launch. The springs are about 850 feet downstream (about three minutes' paddle) from Mission Springs, on the opposite bank.

Coffee Spring Spring (on the Ichetucknee)
From Branford, drive SE on U.S. 27 for about 10 miles. Turn left at sign into south entrance of Ichetucknee Springs State Park shortly after crossing the river. Spring is a short distance below Dampiers Landing behind the main park building. Alternatively, the spring is about one mile downriver of Mill Pond Spring if you put in at the north entrance, or 0.8 mile below the midpoint tube launch.

Big Shoals on the Suwannee
On the other side of the river is a park, popular with mountain bikers. From this park one can see both Little Shoals and Big Shoals. To reach it, start at the intersection of Highways 136 and 41. Go through town about ½ mile, passing the high school, then turn left on 3rd Street at the next flashing light (by the S & S foodstore/gas station). Go around a bend and over the railroad tracks–you are now on 135 heading northeast. Go about 1.2 miles and look for the sifan on the right that says, "Big Shoals Conservation Area." If you pass the huge plantation-looking house on your left and a white wooden fence, you have gone too far. From here, dirt roads wind all around and I never made it all the way to the river and Little Shoals. Big Shoals to the northeast can also be reached by these same dirt roads.

 


   



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