» Darby Spring

  • Currently 2.6/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Rated 2.6/5 stars (88 ratings)

Overview Location & Specifics Conditions Resources Nearby Systems  
Portions of the following information were taken from Florida Geological Survey Bulletin 66.

Darby Spring is located approximately 1.8 miles north of High Springs. From the intersection of US 441 and CR 236 in High Springs, travel 1.8 miles northwest on US 441 to the Santa Fe River. The spring is approximately 0.1 miles upstream from the public boat ramp off SR 441 along the south bank of the Santa Fe River.

Description The Darby Spring pool has a diameter of 40 ft and a depth of 10 ft. In December 2002, the spring pool had an abundance of aquatic vegetation and was covered with duckweed. The bottom of the pool and the spring vent were not discernable. During the December 2002 visit, the spring was no longer flowing and its run contained stagnant water. The run is 150 ft long, 4.0 ft wide and 0.5 ft deep. The run bottom is soft detritus and is covered with leaves and tree branches. High ground surrounding the spring gently slopes upward to 7.0 ft. To the east, there is a large, grassy pasture. Darby Spring is located on wooded private property.
700 NW 212 Ave, High Springs, FL 32643, USA
Click the map below for all mapping options.
Click to View Larger Map
Latitude: 29.85262
Longitude: -82.60596
Zone:
Coordinate System:
 Cave Diving
 Cavern Diving
 Open Water Diving
Date Submitter Visbility Remarks
4/7/2009 Charles Read 6 feet I thought I'd take a peek in this one. There is a line there, not very old (white coloured not brown) so someone recently had the same idea. It will be pretty when the visibility gets back up but will always be dark with a dark mud floor. Guideline is buried 6 inches deep in the mud in places, expect some zero visibility on exit. There is a slight hydrogen sulphide smell in parts of the cave. Depth around 44 feet for the first 500 feet or so which is what I did. To find this place you go up the Hornsby spring run for about 100 feet to a huge obnoxious patch of hydrilla. On the left, in a little bay where the hydrilla is thickest the depth suddenly falls off from 2 to 10 feet and there's your cave. The guideline is hard to miss as the spring vent seems only about 15 feet across, though it's hard to tell with all that hydrilla-wrestling. Good fun.
Click here if you would like to contribute any information or resources for this system.
Description Type Date Author Remarks
Sslect Search Radius:
System Depth Cave Cavern OW Last Report Distance (mi)
 Overview Information Available for Ginnie Springs - Devils Ear / Eye  Ginnie Springs - Devil's Ear / Eye 173 True True True 7/10/2017 5.6
 Overview Information Available for Jesss Hole  Jess's Hole True False False 7/4/2017 2.7
 Overview Information Available for Jug Spring  Jug Spring 80 True True False 10/17/2015 12.7
 Overview Information Available for Wilson Spring  Wilson Spring True False False 7/18/2015 9.7
 Overview Information Available for Ginnie Springs - Ginnie Spring  Ginnie Springs - Ginnie Spring 60 False True True 9/15/2014 5.8
 Overview Information Available for Ginnie Springs - Dogwood Spring  Ginnie Springs - Dogwood Spring 43 True False False 9/7/2014 6
 Overview Information Available for Alachua Sink  Alachua Sink 227 True False False 1/11/2014 6.8
 Overview Information Available for Gator Hole Spring  Gator Hole Spring 115 True False False 1/17/2012 1.6
 Overview Information Available for Ginnie Springs - Little Devils  Ginnie Springs - Little Devil's True False False 7/1/2011 5.6
   Syphon Creek - Resurgence True False False 6/23/2011 7.6
   Syphon Creek - Myrtle's Fissure 95 True False False 6/9/2011 7.7
 Overview Information Available for Treehouse Spring  Treehouse Spring 65 True False False 2/2/2011 0.2
   Vampire Sink True False False 11/21/2010 2.7
   Whippoorwill Sink False False False 1/31/2010 1.6
   Old Bellamy - Sweetwater Lake 150 True True False 9/15/2007 2.8
   Old Bellamy - Two Hole Sink 160 True False False 3.5
 Overview Information Available for Hornsby Spring  Hornsby Spring 190 True True False 0.8
 Overview Information Available for Sante Fe River Rise  Sante Fe River Rise 150 True True False 1.7
   Old Bellamy - Alligator Sink 160 True False False 3.5
   Old Bellamy - Mae Callie Pond 160 True False False 3.8
   Old Bellamy - Big Blue Sink 160 True False False 3.5
 Overview Information Available for Sawdust Spring  Sawdust Spring True False False 5.9
   Syphon Creek - Track One True False False 7.5
   Syphon Creek - Lil' Awesome 80 True False False 7.1
   Syphon Creek - Big Awesome 110 True False False 6.8
   Syphon Creek - Swallow Hole 188 True False False 7.3
   Gator Hole Sink 115 True False False 1.5
   Old Bellamy - Pfv 150 True False False 5.6
   Old Bellamy - Pfc 150 True False False 5.8
 Overview Information Available for Sunbeam Spring  Sunbeam Spring 80 True False False 11.1
   Old Bellamy - Bee Tree Sink 160 True False False 3.5