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About 1,000 years ago this island was pushed up from the Gulf floor to rest on a limestone platform. Its geologic growth hasn't stopped. Recent research has documented a 30 percent increase in the size of this platform since 1957. Peacock Springs State Recreation Area is an outstanding natural ecosystem containing elements of statewide and national significance.

Excellent examples of surface and subsurface karst limestone features, including two major springs, a major spring run, six sinkholes and numerous small sinks and depressions, can be found in the 252-acre recreation area.

When seepage and the flow of subsurface streams causes the roof of underground caverns to dissolve and collapse, springs and sinks are formed. The thin mantle of sandy sediments covering the caverns are then eroded and carried off by the subsurface streams, forming a diverse landscape of sinks and depressions. The sinkholes and springs found here are in nearly pristine condition and are part of the most extensive underwater cave system known in Florida. It is also one of the longest underwater cave systems in the entire continental United States, with about 28,000 feet of passages having been explored and surveyed by cave divers.

The two major springs, Peacock and Bonnet, are third magnitude springs and are tributaries of the Suwannee River via Peacock Slough. In addition to the two major springs certified cave divers also use Orange Grove sink to enter the vast interconnected underwater cave system.

BE WARNED: MANY PERSONS HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN DIVING ACCIDENTS HERE AND MANY HAVE DIED. It is the policy of the Florida Park Service (FPS) to prohibit open water divers from carrying lights or entering the cave system. Solo diving is prohibited.

The sinks and cave system provide critical habitat for at least three endangered or threatened species of cave crustaceans: cave crayfish, Florida cave amphipod and Hobb cave amphipod.

In addition to the outstanding quality of the aquatic cave system, the upland area contains mature forest stands representing four major natural plant communities: xerotic hammock, upland hardwood forest, bottomland forest and floodplain swamp. A canopy of sand live oak, laurel oak, pignut hickory and southern magnolia can also be found in the hammock. The upland forest is dominated by Florida maple, American holly and dogwood in addition to laurel oak and pignut hickory. The bottomland forest is known for mature second growth and old growth characterized by oak, water hickory, red maple, sweetgum, loblolly pine and cedar elm, a state endangered species. An open canopy of bald cypress over a dense sub-canopy of pop ash, swamp privet and button ash characterizes the swamp.

Visitors will enjoy picnicking in the main use areas of Peacock Springs.

Swimming is limited to Peacock Springs and Orange Grove Springs dependent on the seasonal water levels. Visitors may swim and dive at their own risk. There are no lifeguards.

Peacock Springs State Recreation Area is located 16 miles southwest of Live Oak on S.R. 41, two miles east of Luraville on Peacock Springs Road.

For more information, contact Peacock Springs State Recreation Area
c/o Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Route 2, Box 108
Fort White, Florida 32038

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