Ichetucknee Head Spring

Overview

Ichetucknee Head Spring is in the north part of Ichetucknee Springs State Park. It is one spring in a group of nine, which form the Ichetucknee Springs Group. After rising from deep underground, the water flows into the Ichetucknee River.

Ichetucknee Head Spring Guide

Ichetucknee Head Spring

Ichetucknee Head Spring Details

This head spring is a popular, easy swimming hole.

Many prefer it over the neighboring Blue Hole because it is more shallow and easier for children.

The headspring is easily accessed via a short path from the northern entrance parking lot. There is a stone staircase which leads to the spring, and there is a lift for ADA accessibility.

This spring is the origin of the Ichetucknee River.

The spring pool measures 102 ft (31.1 m) east to west and 87 ft (26.5 m) north to south. The depth measures 17 ft (5.2 m) over the vent.

Water in the Ichetucknee Head Spring is beautiful, clear and light blue. It rises from a crack in the limestone, and forms a visible boil on the water surface.

The spring has sand and limestone bottom with little or no aquatic vegetation. A thin layer of algae carpets most of the bottom of the spring.

There are thick bands of grass and shrubs on the north and east shorelines. The surrounding land in Ichetucknee Springs State Park is densely forested.

Nearby City

Gainesville

Related Spring Group

Ichetucknee Springs Group

Contact Information

State Park: 386-497-4690

Private Concession: 386-497-1500

Private Concession: [email protected]

Ichetucknee Springs State Park has state park rangers on-site. There are also employees of Cape Leisure, a private corporation which provides concession services.

Location

29°59’03.10”N 82°45’42.73”W
Address: 12087 Southwest, US-27, Fort White, FL 32038

Directions

The Ichetucknee Springs Group is located inside the Ichetucknee Springs State Park.

The State Park is 10 miles (16.1 km) northeast of the town of Branford, Florida.

There are two separate entrances to Ichetucknee Springs State Park; north and south. The two sections are not connected from within the park, so be sure to choose the appropriate entrance for your needs.

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