Group Description — The Wacissa Springs Group consists of at least 12 springs that give rise to the Wacissa River (Rosenau et al., 1977). Several springs are located at the head of the river near the county park. The rest are scattered along the upper 2 miles (3.2 km) of the river. Hornsby and Ceryak (2000) list 16 springs in this group. These include Wacissa, Big, Blue, Buzzer’s Log, Cassida, Garner, Horse Head, Log, Minnow, Thomas, JEF63991, JEF63992, JEF63993, JEF64991, JEF312991, and Acuilla springs. Land along the upper part of the river is low and flat, and it supports a lush mixed hardwood-palm forest.
Spring No. 2 — Lat. 30° 20’ 23.59” N., Long. 83° 59’ 29.34” W. Spring No. 2 is located 15 ft (4.7 m) south of the diving board platform at the county park. There are multiple small vents near this spring. Spring pool diameter measures 45 ft (13.7 m) north to south. The maximum depth of the spring pool measures 8 ft (2.4m). The spring pool is choked with exotic aquatic vegetation, and algae are present throughout the pool. There are no adjacent uplands. Land near the spring supports cypress swamp forest and mesic hardwood forest. A sand and gravel parking lot borders the east side of the spring pool.
Big Spring (Big Blue Spring) — Lat. 30° 19’ 39.84” N., Long. 83° 59’ 05.44” W. Big Spring is located approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Spring No. 2 on the east side of the Wacissa River. It has two spring runs. The larger is about 66 ft (20.1 m) wide and flows 1,300 ft (396.2 m) northwest and west to the Wacissa River. The other run is about 33 ft (10.1 m) wide and it flows southwest 1,000 ft (304.8 m) to the river. Big Spring has one main vent nearly 6 ft (1.8 m) in diameter at the bottom of the circular spring pool. Pool diameter is 150 ft (45.7 m) northwest to southeast, 160 ft (48.8 m) northeast to southwest. Maximum depth of pool is 42 ft (12.8 m). The water is light greenish blue with large suspended particles, and the bottom is barely visible. A boil is present on the pool surface. Exotic aquatic vegetation covers nearly 50% of the depression. Water lettuce and some algae are present. There is no high ground immediately near the spring. The surrounding lowland forest is completely intact and is a mixture of cypress, hardwoods, and cabbage palm. A rope swing is located on the southwest side of the pool, and there is a floating wooden platform near the beginning of the larger spring run.
The Wacissa Springs Group is approximately 19 miles (30.6 km) southeast of Tallahassee and 1.2 miles (1.9 km) south of Wacissa. From the intersection of Tram Road and SR 59 in Wacissa, travel south on SR 59 approximately 0.7 mile (1.1 km) where SR 59 turns sharply to the west less than 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Wacissa. At this sharp right turn, a paved county road continues south (straight) and ends 0.6 miles (1 km) beyond at a county park and boat ramp situated on the east side of the head of the Wacissa River.