Florida’s springs rival its beaches as the state’s most
spectacular natural feature. Geologists estimate that there are
nearly 600 springs in Florida, perhaps the largest concentration of
freshwater springs on earth.
A spring is an opening from which millions of gallons of water
bubbles to the surface from underground forming a natural pool.
Springs are unique. The water is pure and crystal clear, and looks
like it is boiling up out of the earth. Springs form a stream, or
run, that flows into a nearby water body, usually a river. Nicknamed
"Liquid Bowls of Light," springs average 72 degrees Fahrenheit year
round. Archaeological evidence shows that humans have been
fascinated with Florida’s springs for thousands of years. Besides
their beauty, springs were thought to have healing powers.
A series of springs discharging 233 million gallons of water daily
gives rise to the clear sparkling Ichetucknee River, which flows for
six miles through hammock and swamp before it joins the Santa Fe
River. A sandhill community upland of the river supports an
abundance of wildlife. Ichetucknee's head spring was declared a
National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in
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