In December 2002 access to Bell Spring was restricted. Observation of the spring was made from a distance. Bell Spring occupies an oval shaped spring pool that is estimated to be 50 ft by 100 ft. Hornsby and Ceryak (1998) measured a depth of 12 ft and reported that spring water discharged from six different sand boils.
At the time of visit in December 2002, the spring pool surface was completely covered by floating vegetation. The spring run flows approximately 1000 ft (304.8 m) southeast into the Suwannee River. The spring run also was covered by floating vegetation. The surrounding area has abundant live oaks, grassy pasture, multiple purpose building, swing set, and a picnic table. Bell Spring is surrounded by private land. Discharge on September 4, 1997 measured 8.89 ft3/s.
Bell Spring is located behind a fence on private property 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of Fanning Springs. The spring run flows into the Suwannee River from the east approximately 0.2 miles (0.3 km) upstream from the US 98/27A bridge.