Springs & Waterfalls of Florida
Springs of Florida
Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon is one of
the most beautiful natural areas in Florida. In
addition to the main spring, which feeds the
Rainbow River, the park has waterfalls and gardens.
Famed Silver Springs
One of the best known
springs in the world, Silver
Springs has been the setting
of numerous movies.
A Florida Waterfall
The tallest waterfall in Florida,
at Falling Waters State Park in
Chipley, plunges over 70 feet
into a deep natural sink.
Springs & Waterfalls of Florida
The Real Fountains of Youth
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Last Update: April
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Ichetucknee Springs
A National Natural Landmark,
Ichetucknee Springs has
been called one of the most
beautiful settings in the world.
The natural springs of Florida flow with a
beauty unparalleled in the nation.

It was the legend of these springs, in fact,
that brought the first Spanish explorers to La
Florida, or the "land of flowers" as they called
the mysterious new land to the north of their
Caribbean settlements. Juan Ponce de Leon
heard of magic waters that had the power to
rejuvenate and set out in search of the famed
"Fountain of Youth."

Ponce de Leon never found the legendary
fountain, but tens of thousands of others do
as they swim and play in the clear, cold and
magic waters of the Sunshine State.
Blue Hole Spring at Florida Caverns
Long a popular swimming hole, Blue Hole
Spring at Florida Caverns does not run with
the force of many Florida springs but is rich
in history. Spanish explorers and even
future President Andrew Jackson watered
their horses from its waters.

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Blue Hole Spring at Ichetucknee
A stunning natural spring located down a
short boardwalk and trail from the head
spring at Ichetucknee Springs State Park,
this Blue Hole Spring opens into a
remarkable system of underwater caves
that is popular with divers.

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Blue Springs - Marianna, FL
Called Calistoble Spring by early Spanish
explorers, this remarkable first magnitude
spring has been a major landmark in
Florida history. It is now a popular place for
swimming and cave diving.

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Devil's Millhopper - Gainesville, FL
At certain times of the year, beautiful
waterfalls sparkle from the sides of this
massive natural sink in Gainesville. The
sound of running water is a special part of
the walk down into the millhopper.

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Falling Waters State Park - Chipley, FL
Home to Florida's tallest waterfall, Falling
Waters State Park is home to Falling Waters
Sinks State Geological Feature, a preserve
that helps visitors explore how sinkholes
form in Florida's unique karst topography.

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Fanning Springs - Fanning Springs, FL
Located adjacent to the site of a historic
Second Seminole War fort, Fanning Springs
is a charming Florida State Park that offers
swimming in the natural spring and a
boardwalk leading to the Suwannee River.

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Homosassa Springs - Homosassa, FL
One of Florida's most popular state parks,
Homosassa Springs is a great place to get
up close and personal with the magnificent
manatee that swim in the waters of the Gulf
Coast. The park even features an
underwater observatory.

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Ichetucknee Springs - Fort White, FL
Called the most beautiful place in the world
by one noted writer, Ichetucknee Springs
State Park is home to a number of stunning
natural springs, including the remarkable
head spring shown here.

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Juniper Springs - Ocala National Forest
The only setting of its type in the world,
Juniper Springs is located in Central
Florida's Ocala National Forest. It was the
first national forest recreation area east of
the Mississippi River.

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Lafayette Blue Springs
A beautiful clear water spring that rises
literally on the banks of the Suwannee
River, Lafayette Blue Spring cuts its way
through rock and flows under a natural
limestone bridge to feed the famed river.

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Manatee Springs - Chiefland, FL
One of the best known Suwannee River
Springs, Manatee Springs takes its name
from the huge but peaceful manatee that
swim up the river during the cooler months
to enjoy the waters of the spring.

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Merritt's Mill Pond Springs - Marianna
A man-made lake on the outskirts of the
historic Panhandle city of Marianna, Merritt's
Mill Pond is fed by a beautiful array of
crystal clear springs. Among them is
Shangri La Spring, shown here.

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Morrison Spring - Walton County
The centerpiece of a recreation spot run by
the Northwest Florida Water Management
District, Morrison Spring is a major source of
water for the scenic Choctawhatchee River
of the Florida Panhandle.

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Newport Spring - Wakulla County
One of the myriad of natural springs that flow
into the St. Marks River near Tallahassee,
Newport Spring is unique in that it rises
literally on the edge of a public road. It is a
popular local swimming hole.

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Ponce de Leon Springs - Holmes County
The site of a pre-Civil War log hotel, Ponce
de Leon Springs is a crystal clear "double
boil" spring where visitors can see and
swimming in cold water as it rises from two
separate underwater cave entrances.

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Rainbow Springs - Dunnellon, FL
Once a noted Florida amusement park,
Rainbow Springs is now a state park that
preserves not only the spectacular first
magnitude spring, but man-made gardens
and even waterfalls.

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Rhodes Springs - Leon County
In reality a karst "window," where clear cold
water can be seen flowing along the bottom
of a series of sinks, Rhodes Springs rises
and then disappears back underground
near Natural Bridge Battlefield.

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Ruth Spring
A small but deep natural spring not far from
Troy Springs State Park, Ruth Spring is
preserved in its natural state on public
lands. It feeds the Suwannee River and is
popular with scuba divers.

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Sally Ward Spring at Wakulla Springs
The little known "other" spring at Wakulla
Springs State Park, Sally Ward Spring rises
not far from the park entrance and flows into
the head of the Wakulla River. With nearby
Wakulla Spring, it forms a stunning river.

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Salt Springs - Ocala National Forest
A beautiful natural spring, Salt Spring is the
centerpiece of an outstanding national forest
recreation area and is one of Florida's most
significant archaeological sites. The name
comes from a natural salinity in the water.

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Silver Glen Springs - Ocala National Forest
One of an array of natural springs in the
Ocala National Forest, Silver Glenn Spring
is preserved in its natural state and is
popular for swimming and sight-seeing. It is
deep and crystal clear.

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Silver Springs - Ocala, FL
One of the most famous springs in the world,
Silver Springs has been a destination for
visitors to Florida for well over 100 years.
The spring is the center of a beloved park
famed for its glass-bottomed boats.

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Troy Spring State Park - Branford, FL
A favorite of swimmers and scuba divers,
Troy Springs flows into the Suwannee River.
In the water of the spring run can be seen
the outline of a Civil War era steamboat
scuttled there by its owner.

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Wakulla Springs State Park
One of the deepest freshwater springs in the
world, Wakulla Springs was the setting of
such movies as "The Creature from the
Black Lagoon" and "Tarzan." Boat tours
take visitors out to see the spring and river.

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White Springs - White Springs, FL
The centerpiece of a major 19th century
resort, White Springs is but a shadow of its
former self. The spring is surrounded by the
ruins of a bathhouse and feeds the
Suwannee River.

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Lafayette Blue Springs
The rushing water from
Lafayette Blue Springs pours
into Florida's historic
Suwannee River.
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