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Lime Sink Spring

Footbridge over the Lime Sink Run
Footbridge over the Lime Sink Run./ Michael Rivera, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

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A popular hiking trail – Lime Sink Run Trail – goes along a deep ravine that has been formed by waters of a powerful spring – Lime Sink Spring. This spring is the end of a giant underwater cave system.

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GPS coordinates
29.4896 N 82.9768 W
Location, address
North America, United States, Florida, Suwannee County, west from St Pauls Church at Stagecoach Road, east from Suwannee River, in Lime Sink Run – a limestone ravine
Alternate names
Lime Sink Spring, Dry Run Spring
Average discharge
4,906 l/s (1995?, 1.)

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Geology and description

Lime Sink Spring is a very inconsistent spring: sometimes it erupts gargantuan amounts of tannic water, frequently the ravine is dry and, during the floods in the nearby Suwannee River the spring may reverse and turn into a sink: the water can flow into it.

There is not much data about the amount of water discharging from Lime Sink Spring but, formally, it is considered to be a 1st magnitude spring with a measured output of 4,906 l/s (1.).

The spring pool has a diameter of 39.3 m. The waters of the spring have formed an imposing, steep ravine that after some 900 m reaches Suwannee River. This ravine – Lime Sink Run or Dry Run – is a popular, picturesque hiking area.

In the ravine are several more sinkholes with water in them.

The spring itself is one of entrances into a large cave system – Cathedral-Falmouth system. This giant underwater cave is 18 893.7 m long and up to 130.8 m deep. The spring is the final point in this cave system, through it the stream leaves the cave system.

Exploration of this cave started before 1990. This is a very challenging cave for explorers as the underwater distances are very long and the cave has uneven depth. In November 2016 was reached a world record dive of 8,208 m long distance. Cave divers report that in the early days of the research the water was a lot more transparent than now.

Earlier there was a dam closer to Suwannee River – an attempt to create a better swimming place in the ravine. In 1970ies Florida Park Service removed most of the dam as it did not serve its purpose too well and rather led to a formation of stagnant waters in the ravine (2.). The natural beauty of the area has been restored to a large extent since then.


  1. Springs of the Suwannee River Basin in Florida (PDF document), Suwannee River Water Management District, October 1998. Accessed on September 12, 2023.
  2. Suwannee River State Park, Approved Unit Management Plan (PDF document), State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection, December 2016. Accessed on September 12, 2023.

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