Santa Fe River Retreat and Springs

Gilchrist County, Florida384± ACRES

Rare & Unique, High-Quality Recreational Riverfront Property with Private Spring

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  • 384 +/- 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, 6BR/4BA
  • 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 Itchetucknee 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
  • 3,000 ft Grass Airstrip adjacent to Hay Barn

Ideal Family or Entertaining Property with Lodge, Guest Houses, Numerous Porches and Decks on the River

The 384+/- acre Santa Fe River Retreat and 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. Historically, the property has been used as a trophy recreational property/cattle ranch. Until recently, the current owner was in the process of upgrading it towards recreation and conservation. It is located in Gilchrist County, Florida, and is just 15 minutes to High Springs restaurants and shopping downtown. There is a main lodge, guest houses, numerous decks, and porches overlooking views of the river. This is an ideal family or entertaining property.


Boasting enormous water resources from 1.5 miles of river frontage, one private spring, a 6-acre island, two fishponds, numerous cypress ponds, and two natural springs heads, the diversity of flora and fauna here is truly amazing. This is the heart of the spring capital of the world. The Santa Fe River is well known for the number of fresh-water springs that help feed it. Two Springheads are on the property - Florida Springs Gil928972 (a Magnitude 4 springhead) and Gil928971 (a Magnitude 3 springhead). The river provides wonderful recreational opportunities with friends and family, whether kayaking, swimming, fishing, or tubing. The water resources on this property and immediate area are seemingly endless. The world-famous Itchetuknee River is nearby and the Itchetuknee Conservation Area itself borders the entire northern boundary of this property. There is a large dock built for entertaining guests; both on land & in the river. 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 river frontage are extremely rare, and when they become available, they do't last long." - Jon Kohler

Cow Pasture

Portions of the property are fenced for cattle and livestock, there is a grass airstrip, hay barn, great hardwood bottoms for deer and turkey, and great recreation on the river. From a timber perspective, the mature hardwoods, hammocks, and live oaks are exceptional. There is a very good population of deer, turkey, and ducks. The property certainly has a park-like feel. As one gets further from the river, the topography changes to wooded pasture, to then a large open field. The field was scheduled to be planted with Perennial Peanut for income, aesthetics, and wildlife.

The main lodge, stable, and riverside dock sit on a 26 +/- acre secluded island accessed by a bridge. The 2,700 sq. ft. main lodge is 6 bedrooms and 4 baths and is lined with pecky cypress on the interior of the lodge. The vaulted ceilings make way for an additional loft bedroom that overlooks the living room and large rock 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 3-horse stable on the bottom level. The guest quarters in the stable have two bedrooms, one bath, living room, kitchen, and screen porch and deck.

Grilling on the River

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. There is also a 3,000-foot long grass airstrip adjacent to hay barn, as well as several docks and bridges. On the other side of the property is a 924 sq. ft. house with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. There is also a new cypress barn with an upstairs loft (heated/cooled).

However, due to deferred maintenance on some of the structures and obsolescence, the improvement value has been extremely discounted.

With relatively nominal effort and investment this property could be reinvigorated and return to its former standing as one of the Flagship riverfront properties. There is currently no conservation easement on the property.

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