Green Springs

Enterprise, Florida

Green Springs has been a center of habitation and cultural activity for thousands of years, dating back to the last Ice Age. From its boil flow over a million gallons of green, sulphurous water every day.

After a long history of private ownership, the springs and surrounding 36 acres are now protected as a Volusia County Park and feature trails, overlooks, picnic pavilions and playgrounds.

  • Green Springs, Enterprise, FL

    Green Springs was the site of the first homestead on Lake Monroe, when Cornelius Taylor built his “Commodious Hotel” atop the Enterprise Midden in 1841, near the end of the Second Seminole War.

    It was described by an early visitor as “one of the most picturesque and romantic spots that I have ever seen”.

  • Green Springs, Enterprise, FL

    The park, part of the Volusia County system, abounds with flora and fauna, although the boil itself has fewer species than other springs in the area.

    This is attributed to its unusual water chemistry and the deep vent and shallow, short run modified by an impoundment.

  • Green Springs, Enterprise, FL

    The old concrete stairs in the upper-right portion of this image are a reminder of the spring's earlier days. During the early 20th century one owner promoted it as a swimming hole, charging ten cents for admission.

    Today, one of the park's overlooks stands above the stairs, offering a beautiful view of the spring's “delicate green waters”, once described as “green as the greenest paint”.

  • Green Springs, Enterprise, FL

    The spring is a roughly circular pool about 90 feet in diameter. It is about 125 feet deep in its north-central part, with a conical-shaped hole in the limestone that gradually diminishes in diameter with depth.

  • Green Springs, Enterprise, FL

    A large Live Oak tree bows over the spring, leading one to imagine that thousands of visitors might once have swung and jumped from its limbs.

    Swimming is no longer allowed in the spring.

  • Green Springs, Enterprise, FL

    Sitting by the water's edge provides a mesmerising experience and an opportunity to rejuvenate the spirit and reflect on centuries past.

  • Green Springs, Enterprise, FL

    The vegetation growing on the tree limb is Resurrection Plant (Selaginella). It fits somewhere between the mosses and the ferns in the scheme of things.

    During times of drought the plant appears to dry up and die, but at the first rainfall it springs back to life and turns green again.

  • Green Springs, Enterprise, FL

    The cloudiness of the water results from the high level dissolved solids, averaging 1,500 mg/L. It's mild “rotten egg” smell results from a high concentration of sulphates.

    Early Mayaca Indians, who lived along the St Johns River, frequented the spring for the healing effect of its waters. Later, Cornelius Taylor bottled and sold the water as a healing tonic at his “hotel for invalids” on the site.

  • Tannin in small stream at Green Springs, Enterprise, FL

    During the rainy season, runoff and seepage from other nearby sinks form a small stream that runs through the park. This water is the color of tea, caused by the high concentration of tannins from vegetation.

  • Hiking Trail at Green Springs Park, Enterprise, FL

    Both natural and paved trails meander through the park, inviting visitors to explore the full 36 acres.

    Green Springs Park also serves as a trailhead on the Volusia County Spring-to-Spring Trail that will eventually stretch nearly 30 miles to DeLeon Springs State Park.

  • Spanish Moss in Oak Tree at Green Springs Park, Enterprise, FL

    Characteristic of “Old Florida”, Spanish Moss (Bromeliaceae) hangs from many trees in the park, casting a Gothic appearance on the landscape.

    Though it's called Spanish Moss, it is not actually a moss. It survives from nutrients in the air and rainfall and uses its host tree as, well, a place to hang out.

  • Native Florida Plants at Green Springs Park, Enterprise, FL

    More native plants partially hide one of the park's natural trails.

    As the park was being prepared for opening in 2009, many local residents pitched in and laboriously removed many non-native, invasive plants from the area. This culminated a long and hard-fought effort to preserve the spring for future generations.

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