Ellaville Spring discharges from a cave system in the limestone banks of the Suwannee River. The small spring pool is approximately 6 ft (1.8 m) in diameter, and it has vertical limestone walls that reach heights of about 15 ft (4.6m) above water level. In April 2002, the spring water was tannic; however, the water normally is clear and bluish. The spring pool is situated about 80 ft (24.4 m) up an enlarged limestone fracture through which the spring run courses. The spring run is approximately 8 ft (2.4 m) wide and averages 8 ft (2.4 m) deep. Divers report that the spring depth reaches 150 ft (45.7 m) within an extensive cave system associated with Ellaville Spring. The cave system reportedly extends underneath the Suwannee River eventually connecting with Suwanacoochee Spring cave system.
Ellaville Spring enters the Suwannee River from the east approximately 13 miles (21 km) northwest of Live Oak. From the intersection of I-10 and US 90 northwest of Live Oak, travel about 5.7 miles (9.2 km) northwest on US 90 to just before the bridge over the Suwannee River.
The Springs Fever website gives the following directions for accessing the spring from US 90: “turn right on the dirt road that cuts sharply behind the agricultural inspection station on the north side of Highway 90. Turn left on a dirt/grass path just before the railroad tracks and drive about 150 feet toward the river. The spring will be 100 feet (30.5 m) to the west (left).” It is surrounded by private property and can be accessed by traveling downstream from the boat ramp at the Suwannee River State Park approximately 0.3 miles (0.5 km), to just below the confluence of the Withlacoochee River. The spring run flows in from the east side of the river downstream from the railroad trestle.
Personal Note: I drove down this dirt road and simply parked next to the railroad tracks. It's a short walk down to the spring.
This one gave me the creepiest vibe of all I visited that week of the vacation, mainly because it A) was down a set of railroad tracks, B) was about to rain, C) had very distorted limestone formations, and D) had many places to fall into the run. Literally, the path down to the shore was slanted at about 30-degrees, and the slope went down into a hole in the limestone, right into the dark run.
It is definitely a site to see; the formations and the way things have generally fallen apart/been built up are spectacularly unique in the Florida springs world. It's scary, it's wild, it's strange, and that's enough to warrant a visit.
I downgraded my opinion of this spring to a "minor" spring mainly due to the difficulty of access (legally) and the danger of the area. I've read on the net that the spring is a popular diving/scuba destination, but the thought of that is almost too much.