|Coordinates:||30.2416 N 84.3109 W|
|No:||238 (list of all attractions)|
|Address:||North America, United States, Florida, Wakulla County, at the entrance of Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, approximately 1 km upstreams from Wakulla Spring|
|Alternate names:||Numero Uno (among cave divers)|
|Average discharge:||125 l/s|
|Cave length:||529 m|
|Cave depth:||85.3 m|
Sally Ward spring has far smaller discharge, if compared with the nearby Wakulla Spring. The most interesting feature of Sally Ward spring is the magnificent underwater cave system below it. The length of explored passages is 529 m.
Average discharge of this spring is approximately 125 l/s (spring of the 3rd magnitude), but often the spring becomes more active and discharges 350 l/s and more. Spring bed is covered with dense foliage of aquatic plants. Alligators are seen often in this spring.
Among the divers this spring often is named – Numero Uno, as it is one of the best dive sites in this region.
Diving in the spring is allowed only to research teams. It is very hard to get inside the underwater cave in Sally Ward Spring, but after the squeeze the amazed diver enters the Cube Room - some 25 m wide and 30 m high hall.
The cave tunnel goes both downstreams and upstreams. Downstreams after the Cube Room follow other giant rooms. Upstream tunnel is more narrow although less tight than the entrance.
The explored passages of the Wakulla - Leon Sinks cave system are bypassing Sally Ward Spring in a few hundred metres distance. Both cave systems are connected hydrologically.
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- Sally Ward by Floridacaves.com. Acessed on July 18, 2011.
- Kris Barrios. St. Marks River and Wakulla River Springs Inventory. Water Resources Special Report 06-03. July 2006.
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