Alexander Springs is a 1st magnitude spring that flows from the large cavernous opening in the bottom of the central part of the pool. The large pool measures over 300 feet from north to south and 250 feet from east to west. The pool bottom near the beach is mostly sandy. Aquatic vegetation surrounds the area of the main spring vent, where the pool bottom falls away to reveal a large open area of exposed limestone rock and boulders to a depth of about 25 to 28 feet. Flow from the discharging water creates a large and powerful surface boil over the spring opening that is readily visible from the shore. A broad sand beach forms the southwest edge of the pool, with mixed hardwood and palm forests around the spring. The pool discharges to Alexander Springs Creek that flows approximately 10 river miles until reaching the St. Johns River. Forests and wetlands surround the spring area.
The spring area has been developed by the U.S. Forest Service into a multiple-use recreational facility open to the public. Activities include camping, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, fishing, bicycling, and canoeing.
Ocala National Forest Visitor Center
10863 E. Highway 40
Silver Springs, FL 34488