At least six springs comprise Suwannee Springs. All are clustered in a sandy 100 ft (30.5 m) stretch at the base of a 35 ft (10.7 m) high bank along the south side of the Suwannee River. The main spring, which was sampled for water quality, is within the rock walls of a late 1800’s bath house. The spring pool measures 17 ft (5.2 m) north to south and 25 ft (7.6 m) east to west. The depth near the vent on the south side of the pool is 7.8 ft (2.4 m). Limestone is exposed in the vents and sand covers a large part of the spring pool. Clear, yellow-greenish water is pooled behind the wall and spills out through an opening at the base over algae–covered limestone boulders into the tannic Suwannee River. Algae are abundant in the pool. The spring water exudes a sharp odor of hydrogen sulfide. On the east side of the pool, wooden stairs lead down from a parking lot into the spring. Water levels of both the spring and river were very low in August 2002. The stairs were 10 ft (3 m) above the water level. Remains of the old US 90 bridge over the river are just upstream. Land along the river is forested with hardwoods and pines.
Suwannee Springs flow into the Suwannee River from the southwest approximately 7.5 miles (12.1 km) northeast of Live Oak. From the I-10 and US 129 intersection north of Live Oak, travel north on US 129 approximately 4.3 miles (6.9 km). Turn northeast (right) on old US 129 at the solid waste collection site. Travel 0.5 miles (0.8 km) and turn east (right) on a graded road that leads to the spring parking area.
I thought it would be larger from the pictures I'd seen, but it was still a nice sight. The walls are rigid and carved and the spring looks other-worldly. I'm sure I could have taken a dip into the spring but I was afraid I might damage the rock cutouts. I lied; it looks really creepy in-person. The water flows out a small opening the in wall into the Suwannee River, but it's very difficult to get down to that area. I jumped out one of the "windows" and promptly discovered the 6-foot drop to the sand bank below.
The smell of sulfur is strong from the outpouring of water and the characteristic white bacteria/algae/whatever was all over the plant life surrounding the outlet. I walked around the area a bit, finding some other smaller seeps coming from under tree roots. The river has long outstretched banks in this area allowing you to walk out and grab some nice pictures. I walked all the way to the eastern bend in the river and found a set of concrete stairs leading back to the parking lot; good thing too, because the dock leading down to the bank stops about six feet from the ground.
It's a very cool sight-seeing spring, but don't expect to do much else. There's also an abandoned bridge not too far up the road which is worth seeing (see the pictures below).