Falmouth Spring Recreation Area
Falmouth Spring is a first-magnitude spring flowing about 160 cubic feet per second. It is located within a 276-acre recreation area managed by the Suwannee River Water Management District. The majority of the area is sandhill and upland mixed forest, with some slash pine.
The spring emerges in a depression within these uplands, flows for roughly 450 feet, and then disappears underground. This well-shaded spring run is popular for swimming and wading in the hot summertime. When the Suwannee River is at flood stage, the dark river water travels through the ground water and can cause Falmouth Spring to flow backwards.
Because it disappears underground shortly after bubbling up Falmouth Spring has been called the world's smallest river.
Both the spring and the swallet can be viewed from a boardwalk, which is accessible by an asphalt walkway from the small parking area. A port-a-potty is available for visitors near the picnic area. Wildlife species that visitors may encounter while hiking or biking at Falmouth Spring Tract include gopher tortoises, little blue herons, deer, turkeys, and grey squirrels.
Falmouth Spring is located 10 miles northwest of Live Oak. From the intersection of Interstate 10 and U.S. Highway 90 northwest of Live Oak, travel west for about 2.9 miles on U.S. Highway 90. The entrance into Falmouth Spring is on U.S. Highway 90; turn left approximately 100 yards past 185th Road. The driveway leads to a parking area.
At a Glance:
Activities: Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, swimming, wildlife viewing, photography, picnicking
Entrance Fee: None
Scuba Diving: No
Onsite Camping: No
Dogs Allowed: No
Type of Park: Suwannee River Water Management District
Location: Suwannee County–Lat. 30° 21’ 40.19” N., Long. 83° 08’ 05.97” W. (NW ¼ NW ¼ NE ¼ sec. 32, T. 1 S., R. 12 E.)
Address and Contact Information:
Suwannee River Water Management District
9225 County Road 49
Live Oak, FL 32060
Phone: (386) 362–1001, 1 (800) 226–1066 (Florida only)
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