River Run Springs

Gilchrist County, Florida379± ACRES

One of the largest privately held unencumbered tracts on the Santa Fe, complete with 3rd and 4th Magnitude Springs and an Island

Recently Sold
  • 379 +/- Acre Recreational Riverfront Property with Private Spring in Gilchrist County, FL
  • 1.5 +/- miles of Frontage on the Santa Fe River
  • Florida Springs - Gil928972 and Gil928971 Spring Heads on Property
  • 78 +/- acres of Pastured Woodlands
  • 213 +/- acres of Mature Hardwoods for Deer & Turkey
  • 100 +/-acres of Improved Fields
  • 2,700 sq. ft. Main Lodge, 2BR/3BA + Loft
  • Two Story Stable with Loft Guest Quarters & 3 Horse Stalls on Bottom Level
  • Cottage, 780 sq. ft., 2BR/1BA, with a Large Deck Overlooking the Pasture
  • 3,600 sq. ft. Hay Barn & Workshop
  • 924 sq. ft. House with 2 Bedrooms and 2 Baths
  • New Cypress Barn with Upstairs Loft (heated/cooled)
  • Large Dock Built for Entertaining Guests - Both on Land & in the River
  • 4/10ths of a Mile on Both Sides of Cow Creek
  • Borders Ichetucknee Conservation Area
  • Main Lodge, Stable, & Riverside Dock sits on 26-acre Secluded Island accessed by a Bridge
  • Portions of the Property are Fenced for Cattle or other Livestock
  • Great Recreation on the River - Canoeing, Kayaking, Tubing, Fishing

Ideal Family or Entertaining Property with Improvements

The 379.39 +/- acre River Run Springs is one of the most unique properties in North Central Florida. The Santa Fe River is one of North Florida's most scenic rivers and the spring is one of the largest remaining in private hands. It is located in Gilchrist County, Florida, just 15 minutes from High Springs, the eco-tourism capital of the region, and less than an hour to Gainesville.

Boasting enormous water resources including 1.5 miles of river frontage, a private spring, a 6-acre island, two fishponds, numerous cypress ponds, and two spring creeks that flow into the property. In addition, there are now water rights for up to three irrigation wells. Between the Suwannee and its largest tributary, the Santa Fe, this is the heart of the “Freshwater Spring Capital of the World.” Two private springheads are on the property - Florida Springs Gil928972 and Gil928971 (both Magnitude 4 springheads).

The river provides wonderful recreational opportunities with friends and family, whether kayaking, swimming, fishing, or tubing. The water resources on this property and the immediate area are seemingly endless. The world-famous Ichetucknee River is nearby and the Ichetucknee Conservation Area itself borders the entire northern boundary of this property.

The fauna and flora of this park-like property is amazing.

The habitat with the freshwater and hardwood bottoms is a haven for all types of wildlife including deer, turkey, and ducks.

"High-quality properties with this much flowing water whether it be springs or river frontage are extremely rare, and when they become available, they don't last long." - Jon Kohler

Historically, the property has been used as a trophy recreational property/cattle ranch.

There are numerous "signature spots" on this one property. Not only does it have a private spring, but it has one of only a few of the private islands on the Santa Fe. To access the island one drives through an ancient hardwood forest on a well-built road.

"When one gets to the large bridge over the clear spring run and looks over at the island there is no doubt you are at one of the most unique places in Florida." -  Jon Kohler

From a timber aesthetic, the mature hardwoods, hammocks, and live oaks are exceptional. In the past, much of it was grazed by cattle giving much of the land a park-like feel.

"Properties like this give us a glimpse of the natural beauty once seen all along the river and provide a reminder of what a lot of us regard as the best part of Florida. It’s quite a blessing to be able to own a property like this and have it all to one’s family and self." - Jon Kohler

There are approximately 100 acres of cleared fields that were scheduled to be planted with Perennial Peanut Hay for income, aesthetics, and wildlife. The property was recently permitted for three new irrigation wells (10, 8 and 4 inch wells).

The improvements on the island include a very rustic "cracker style" two-story cypress lodge, a matching cypress barn with living quarters, and a deck/dock. The 2,700 +/- sq. ft. main lodge is two bedrooms and three baths and is built out of cypress with pecky cypress lined on the interior of the lodge. The vaulted ceilings make way for an additional loft bedroom that overlooks the living room and a large limerock fireplace. There is a large screened-in porch that steps out onto the second-floor deck that provides great views of the river. In addition to the main lodge, there is a two-story stable with loft guest quarters and a three-horse stable on the bottom level. The guest quarters in the stable have two bedrooms, one bath, a living room, a kitchen, and a screened porch and deck. The improvements could use some updating and have seen only a little use for quite some time.

An additional cottage, 780 sq. ft. with deck, overlooks views of the pasture. A 3,600 sq. ft. hay barn and workshop sits centered in the fenced pasture and provides an excellent amount of covered storage for equipment and supplies. On the north side of the property is a 924 sq. ft. house on stilts with two bedrooms and two baths. There is also a very nice newer cypress barn with an upstairs loft (heated/cooled) built by Cracker Log Homes.

The improvements have deferred maintenance and have only seen little use. As such, we have heavily discounted the improvement value. With relatively nominal effort the improvements could be reinvigorated and returned to their former standing as one of the Flagship riverfront properties. There is currently no conservation easement on the property.

“We know this property well. The first time we sold this property it was done with one call from our “Rolodex.” We had it on the market a second time for a short period and brought a full-price offer before the seller had second thoughts. Opportunities for a property like this are few and far between.” - Jon Kohler

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