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On this field trip we will explore the Ellaville area, where the Withlacoochee River joins the Suwannee River near the Suwannee River State Park. Ellaville is an absolute hot-spot for a variety of karst features, including springs, sinkholes, collapsed caves, spring siphons, and impressive limestone shoals.
There are way more features around Ellaville than we can cover in a single day, but the plan is to explore some or all of the following spots:
- The giant Falmouth Spring/siphon where the world's longest underground river is exposed at the surface;
- Lime Sink Run, where a portion of the Falmouth Spring discharge has eroded a deep ravine through the Suwannee River State Park;
- Little Gem Spring, a small spring as pretty as its name, also in the Suwannee River State Park;
- Edwards Spring, where another portion of the Falmouth flow discharges at a rocky ravine;
- Natural Bridge Spring, where cave roof collapse has exposed an underground river at five locations; and
- Madison Blue Spring, a first magnitude spring on the Withlacoochee River and a great swimming/snorkeling spot; and the best set of limestone shoals/rapids in north Florida.
Here are the particulars of the outing:
Outing Coordinator: Dave Wilson, 1-352-275-1251
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Meeting Locations: If you live in, near, or South of Gainesville, meet at Dave Wilson's house at 8am. If you are coming from Jacksonville or other parts north, meet at Suwannee River State Park at 10am.
Attire and Food: Wear clothes and shoes suitable for hiking and possibly snorkeling gear. Bring a bag lunch.
A $20 donation ($10 for students) to the Florida Springs Institute is recommended. REGISTRATION ON THE FSI WEBSITE IS REQUIRED to attend this outing and is limited to 30 people. Signing up for the event on Meetup or Facebook does not count as registration for this event. Please register for this outing here.