Morrison Springs

Overview

Morrison springs is a beautiful park and spring in the Florida Panhandle. It's owned by the State of Florida, but is operated by Walton County. Morrison Springs is a popular swimming hole for locals and visitors. It's one of the most popular freshwater SCUBA diving sites in Florida.

Morrison Springs Guide

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Morrison Springs Details

Cost

Morrison Springs is free to visit!

It used to be privately owned like nearby Vortex Spring. Thankfully it was acquired by the State of Florida in 2004. Today it is operated by Walton County.

Spring

Morrison Spring is a large, bowl-shaped spring pool. The spring pool is approximately 250 ft. across. The spring bottom is mostly sand. There is some exposed limestone near the spring vents.

There is a prominent spring boil on the water surface. A spring boil happens when strong, fast-flowing spring water rises up and makes a liquid disturbance on the water surface.

Morrison Springs’ water flows from several spring vents, found 46 feet deep inside the spring. There are 3 cavities at the bottom of the spring basin. The cavities extend down to 300 feet deep underground.

Morrison Spring has a spring run. A spring run is a downstream river which carries water away from a spring. The spring run 150 ft. wide and slow-moving. It flows southeast for approximately .7 miles and empties into the Choctawhatchee River.

Water Condition

The water in Morrison Spring has a beautiful turquoise blue color. It looks like beautiful blue water you’d see in the Caribbean.

The clarity does change with local rainfall and other conditions. There is a water clarity report on the official Morrison Springs website. It measures the spring water clarity on a scale of 1 to 5. Cave divers say that the water is crystal clear in the cavern and cave system.

Walton County monitors the water quality inside the spring. It may be closed from time to time due to local pollution and unsafe quality standards.

Choctawhatchee River

Morrison Springs is one of more than 13 local springs that flow into the Choctawhatchee River.

The spring and its run sit in the floodplain of the Choctawhatchee River. The area is filled with dense forest, including gum and cypress trees.

When the river floods the river water reportedly backs up into the spring pool. When the river is in flood stage the water clarity of the spring is reduced, and the water can become muddy.

Contact Information

Walton County Parks: (850) 892-8108

Location

30°39’28.38”N 85°54’14.18”W
Address: 874 Morrison Springs Rd, Ponce De Leon, FL 32455

Directions

Location on Google Maps

From Interstate I-10:

  • Take Exit 96 and exit onto Highway 81 South.
  • Go about 6 miles. Turn left onto Highway 181-A. Drive for 1.5 miles
  • Turn right onto Morrison Springs Road
  • Follow Morrison Springs Road to its end.

From DeFuniak Springs, FL

  • Head east on U.S. Highway 90 for approximately 11.3 miles.
  • Bear right onto Highway 181-A for 3.3 miles.
  • The highway eventually becomes 181.
  • Continue for another 1.6 miles.
  • Turn left onto Morrison Springs Road and follow to its end.

From Freeport, FL

  • Highway 20 East
  • Head north on Highway 81 for several miles.
  • Turn right onto Highway 181.
  • Drive for 1.5 miles
  • Turn right onto Morrison Springs Road
  • Follow Morrison Springs Road to its end.

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