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Counties:
Jefferson, Wakulla, Franklin, Gulf, Bay, Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Escambia, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Calhoun, Liberty, Gadsden, Leon

Washington County Springs

Econfina Creek Springs
Econfina Creek is one of the more attractive and pristine rivers in Florida. One can canoe for several miles in the upper stretches and see no signs of civilization. Dramatic bluffs line sections of the river, reaching over 40 feet high. There are sections with exposed limestone reminiscent of the upper Suwannee River. Most of the river is canopied and flows through a thickly forested corridor that has been preserved amid all the logging and farming around it.

Walsingham Spring
From the intersection of State Road 20 and U.S. 231 north of Panama City, drive west on SR20 about 7 miles to bridge over Econfina Creek. Continue another 1/3 mile, then turn right onto Strickland Road. Drive 2.6 miles to stop sign at T-junction. Turn left at stop sign onto what becomes Porter Park Road. Continue 2.3 miles, then turn right onto Hampshire Road. Continue 1.2 miles, then turn right at sign for Walsingham bridge. Continue another 1.55 miles to one-lane plank Walsingham Bridge over Econfina Creek. There is a primitive launch at the SE edge of the bridge, or carry on another ¼ mile to Walsingham Park, which has a better boat launch. The probable spring site is in the river toward the right (west) side, about ¼ mile below the bridge (about 100 yards below the park), on a sharp right turn, just after a creek enters Econfina Creek from the east side.

Unnamed Econfina Creek-bed Spring
About 1/3 mile downstream of Walsingham Park in Washington County in the bed of Econfina Creek.

Blue Springs Group
From intersection of U.S. 231 and State Road 20, drive 5.8 miles west on SR 20 and turn right on Blue Springs Road north and continue about 1.3 miles to the spring.

Unnamed Spring below Blue
As land access from Blue Springs is limited, one must canoe from Walsingham Bridge or Walsingham Park. From the intersection of State Road 20 and U.S. 231 north of Panama City, drive west on SR20 about 7 miles to bridge over Econfina Creek. Continue another 1/3 mile, then turn right onto Strickland Road. Drive 2.6 miles to stop sign at T-junction. Turn left at stop sign onto what becomes Porter Park Road. Continue 2.3 miles, then turn right onto Hampshire Road. Continue 1.2 miles, then turn right at sign for Walsingham bridge. Continue another 1.55 miles to one-lane plank Walsingham Bridge over Econfina Creek. There is a primitive launch at the SE edge of the bridge, or carry on another ¼ mile to Walsingham Park, which has a better boat launch. The mouth of the run of this spring run is just below the mouth of the Blue Springs Group run on the Econfina River, a little over 3 miles from the put-in.

Glowing Spring
About 1/3 mile upstream of Blue Springs on the left/west bank of Econfina Creek.

Williford Run Spring
Off State Road 20 about seven miles west of where it intersects with U.S. 231 north of Panama City. Put canoe in where SR20 crosses Econfina Creek and paddle about ¾ mile upstream past Pitt Spring and Sylvian (or Sullivan) Spring run on the left. The spring is near the mouth of the more southerly Williford Spring run on the south/left side.

Williford Springs
Off State Road 20 about seven miles west of where it intersects with U.S. 231 north of Panama City. Put canoe in on right where SR20 crosses Econfina Creek and paddle about ¾ mile upstream past Pitt Spring and Sylvian (or Sullivan) Spring run on the left.

Sylvian (or Sullivan) Springs Group
Off State Road 20 about seven miles west of where it intersects with U.S. 231 north of Panama City. Put canoe in on right just before SR20 crosses Econfina Creek and paddle 1/10 upstream past Pitt Spring to Sylvian Spring run on the left. The spring may also be reached on foot from the parking lot at the Pitt Spring Recreation Area. The spring is approximately two minutes by foot. From Panama City, drive north on U.S. 231, then turn left onto County Road 2301 which goes through Bayou George, becomes Blue Spring Road, and intersects State Road 20 ¼ mile east of the bridge over Econfina Creek. Follow above directions from there.

Unnamed Spring near Sylvian
Just off State Road 20 about seven miles west of where 20 intersects with U.S. 231 north of Panama City. Turn into Pitt Spring Recreation Area immediately past the bridge and park in lot 75 feet from Pitt Spring. The spring may be reached on foot a short distance north of the parking lot between Pitt and Sylvian Springs.

Piney Woods Spring
Near Holmes Creek north of Vernon. From the main intersection in Vernon, drive north on State Road 79 for about three miles. At old entrance to Cypress Springs, turn right onto dirt road. Spring is on private property to the left of the road.

Cypress Spring
From Vernon, drive NE on Highway 277 2-3 miles to the public park at Big Pine Landing on Holmes Creek. Paddle upriver (perhaps a mile) to mouth of Cypress Springs run on the left and up run 1/4 mile to the spring.

Shellcracker Springs
On Holmes Creek north of Vernon. From center of Vernon, go 2-3 miles NE on State Road 277 to public boat ramp at Big Pine Landing. Put in boat and go about 1/4 mile upriver toward Cypress Springs. Look for two mouths of the short spring run on the right (east) where the river makes a big turn to the left.

Beckton Spring
On Holmes Creek north of Vernon. The spring may be reached by boat upriver on Holmes Creek from Vernon, 1/4 mile
downriver from the public boat ramp at Big Pine Landing, 2-3 miles northeast of Vernon off SR 277.

Clemmons Spring
On Holmes Creek north of Vernon. From center of Vernon, go 2-3 miles NE on State Road 277 to public boat ramp at Big Pine Landing. Put in boat and go perhaps 1 mile downriver. Look for mouth of Clemmons Run on left (east) side of the river.

Hightower Spring
On Holmes Creek south of Vernon. From the main intersection in Vernon, drive south on State Road 79 for about 2 miles. Turn right (west) onto Hightower Road and drive short distance to Hightower Springs Landing and the spring.

Brunson Landing Spring
Holmes Creek north of Vernon. From the main intersection in Vernon, drive north on State Road 79, after crossing the bridge over Holmes Creek, continue 1/10 mile and then turn left (east) onto County road 278. Go about three miles, then turn left onto Dorch Circle. Go about one block then bear left onto Brunson Landing Springs Road and continue 3/4 mile to the landing. Facing the river, walk to the right (upriver) on a trail along the river. Bear right at an island and continue to follow the path (perhaps 900 feet total) to the three springs.

Jack Paul Spring
On Holmes Creek north of Vernon. From center of Vernon, go south on State Road 79 about 2 miles and then turn right (west) onto Two Creek Boulevard. Continue 1/2 mile, then turn right onto Keen Kutter Road and proceed to boat ramp on Holmes. Go upriver about 1.5 miles and look for mouth of Jack Paul Spring run on the right.

 


 
 



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