Paddle to Cypress Spring

Florida Cotton Landing

Added by Jeremy Clark

One of the most unique places in Florida can only be accessed by river, unless you're feeling really adventurous and don't mind getting really muddy (there's a rough trail locals take to get here too). A short paddle downstream and up the short spring run will take you to a beautiful oasis in the middle of the woods. During the summer and peak months, it's recommended to visit on weekdays to avoid the boat traffic. It's a popular spot with locals.

Starting at Cotton Landing, you paddle about a quarter of a mile downstream until you encounter the spring run to the right/north. Another tenth of a mile or so up the run will take you to one of the most beautiful spring-fed swimming holes you will ever find. Fed by a 2nd magnitude spring, this circular shaped swimming hole is over 100 feet wide and approximately 26 feet deep. It's surrounded by pine forests, a sandy beach, private property to the west, and a sandy spring run to the south. The nearby property is owned by Nestle for water bottling, but there are plenty of places to park your kayak/canoe and hang out for the day.

Once completed, you can paddle back down the spring run and either return upstream to Cotton Landing or paddle downstream 3/4 of a mile to Cullpepper Landing.

There are several outfitters in the area to assist you with taxiing or rentals.

Cypress Spring Coordinates: 30.6586198,-85.6843547

Pack List

  • Kayak/Canoe/SUP/Raft/Tube/Boat
  • Cooler with food and drinks for the day (alcohol permitted)
  • Snorkel/Mask for enjoying the springs
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
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Camping, Canoeing, Chillin, Diving, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Stand Up Paddle, Swimming

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



1 Miles



Dog Friendly
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14 days ago


It was a awsome canoe trip. We camped right next to the spring. Rope swing, and wildlife gal our

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