Spring Outing – Alapaha/Dead River Hike

Tom Morris will lead an outing to the Dead River on Saturday, November 2nd for the Florida Springs Institute. The hike will be moderately strenuous and no more than about four miles in length. We will hike through a lovely hardwood forest and explore some of the most breathtaking geology in Florida.

The Alapaha River begins in Georgia about 50 miles north of Jennings, Florida. In Georgia, the river flows on top of many feet of clay, but when it crosses into Florida it enters an area of exposed cavernous limestone. Here the river flows underground at a number of sinkholes. The most spectacular of these sinks is known to the locals as the Alapaha Dead River. During dry weather, the entire flow of the Alapaha rushes into a deep canyon-like ravine and disappears into the earth a half-mile later into a cave at the base of a limestone headwall.

COST: $20.00/person
Meetup location is Jasper, FL I-75 Exit #460 Busy Bee Gas Station. Address: 8215 FL-6, Jasper, FL 32052

If you have signed up, you can expect a final details email the week prior to the event. Thank you!

About FSI Springs Outings – The goal of FSI’s Springs Outing program is to connect nature lovers with the outdoors while giving them the opportunity to learn about Florida’s springs and the threats facing them. Each outing is led by a qualified expert/scientist and holds a new adventure. Proceeds from Spring Outings benefit the Florida Springs Institute so we can continue vital springs research and education efforts.


Nov 02 2019


Alapaha/Dead River


Alapaha/Dead River
8215 FL-6, Jasper, FL 32052
Florida Springs Institute


Florida Springs Institute
(386) 454-9369
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County and forms the headwaters of the Wacissa River. Over twenty springs form a cluster that runs
along the river. A public boat ramp allows for easy access to the core of the spring cluster. This dense
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pristine in the state, earning the system a spot on the list of OFSs despite none of the individual springs
flowing at the first magnitude.