Walker Springs Plantation

  • 84+/- acres in Jefferson County, Florida just 40 minutes from Tallahassee
  • ½ mile of frontage on the Aucilla River, one of the most pristine rivers in Florida
  • Walker Springs itself has been measured at approximately 1 million gallons a day
  • This is one of the few privately held properties on the lower Aucilla River
  • Of all the springs in North Florida, this is one of only ones still in private hands
  • The 84+/- acres borders thousands of acres of SRWMD lands
  • “Cracker Style” cypress river cabin one of the last “grandfathered” cabins on the river
  • Diverse mix of wiregrass/longleaf, hardwoods, and live oak hammocks
  • Park-like and stocked 3-acre lake with a well
  • Exceptional game flow of deer, wild turkey, wild hogs, wood ducks, and doves
  • Located just east of Tallahassee near Ted Turner’s Avalon Plantation
  • Convenient to the landings at Econfina and Aucilla at the Gulf
  • This area is a treasure trove of historical and ecological wealth
  • This section of the Aucilla is one of the most significant prehistoric research sites in the US

Walker Springs is the one of the most pristine of the 'old Florida' recreational properties and one of the largest springs in North Florida still in private hands today. It is the signature property of the lower Aucilla River.

Walker Springs is one of the most outstanding small riverfront recreational hunting properties in North Florida. This is classic 'old Florida' and one of the largest springs still in private hands in the region. Flowing at almost 1 million gallons a day, the spring creek oxbows through the park like hardwoods for over a mile. The Cracker Style riverfront cabin is one of the few 'grandfathered' cabins still remaining on the Aucilla. Its 1 mile of river frontage is pristine with a private river trail and rapids. It is one of the last privately held properties on the Aucilla River. It is bordered on two sides by SRWMD lands that control over 80% of the land from here to the Gulf of Mexico. The game flow here of deer, turkey, and hogs is incredible. Ted Turner's Avalon Plantation is two properties to the north.

Florida Memory - Map of Andrew Jackson's Route in East Florida, 1818

The Aucilla River

The Aucilla River is one of the cleanest rivers in Florida. It has been classified as an outstanding waterway. The natural tannins in the water act as a purifier and keep aquatic weeds to a minimum. Kayaking and canoeing here is exceptional. The river is pristine and looks almost like it did when it was the border between the Timucuan and Appalachee Nations. It originates near the Thomasville, Georgia airport and runs mainly through large privately held hunting plantations such as Boston Place, Disston, Pinion Point, Dixie among others. Over the past thirty years the SRWMD has been aggressively purchasing as many properties on the Aucilla River as it can. Today, approximately 80% of the river ownership below I-10 is owned by the SRWMD. Only a few hold-out properties are still in private hands. Most of these properties have been in the family for generations. Walker Springs is currently held by two lenders and priced for immediate sale.


The Walker Springs cabin is cracker-style architecture distinctive and unique to the cabins on the Aucilla and Wacissa Rivers. The road to the cabin is spectacular. You first cross the Walker Springs Creek and then drive along the canopied river bank along a set of rapids along the Aucilla. Palm trees, live oaks, and cypress with acres of river oats have a park like appearance. The cabin is on stilts and sits on a river bluff of the river over a bend just beyond the rapids. The setting is classic North Florida and surrounded by mature oaks, hardwoods and spruce pine. The cabin is two rooms and powered by generators. The interior is lined in cypress from the area. An outbuilding provides a place to clean game and store ATV’s and other equipment. Today, building cabins and roads along the river bank is prohibited. This is a very special place and an example of cultural legacies that cannot be duplicated today.

Other improvements include a very nice, newly constructed manmade lake with a well. This lake is dug deep into the limestone aquifer and has excellent mineral rich water. Fish grow exceptionally well here. There are numerous food plots throughout the property as well as permanent deer stands and bear proof feeders. Many of the food plots have mast producing trees planted as well as annual crops. The roads are built up and in very good condition.


The neighborhood consists of approximately 60,000 acres of plantations in the Lamont area, thousands of acres of SRWMD lands and almost 90,000 acres of private hunting clubs. The area has a strong tradition of hunting.

This is one of the most significant archeological areas in North America. The Aucilla River Prehistory Project showed early hunters here as far back as 12,200 years. A wealth of archeological treasures has been found in the river from Mastodons to Saber-toothed tigers. Indian points from as far as Colorado have been found here. The oldest know evidence of humans on the North American continent was found in the Aucilla River just downstream of Walker Springs. This area, just below the Cody Escarpment, has been extensively studied by both the University of Florida as well as Florida State University, and was key hunting grounds for the Appalachee Indians. Their capital city was located just a few miles from Walker Springs on the present day Avalon Plantation. The first governor of the State of Florida's ranch headquarters was a few miles to the Northwest. It is believed that the first wheat grown in North America was planted on the El Tregal Plantation one property to the north. In the mid 1600's the Spanish Mission San Miguel De Asile was located just a few miles north. During antebellum times travelers seeking salt at the coast often camped at the spring as a resting place on the Old Salt Road between the Gulf of Mexico and Thomasville. After the Civil War, the area became well known for its wild game and still holds that draw today. The Cracker Cabin at the property is a testament to this hunting heritage.

The Neighborhood

Walker Springs is featured on the prestigious Red Hills Plantation Map. This area is just south of the Cody Escarpment that is the boundary of the 300,000 acres of plantations known as the Red Hills. There are approximately 60,000 acres of plantations in the Lamont area. Notable neighbors include Ted Turner (Avalon), FSU President TK Wetherell (Oak Hill), Whit Foster (Turkey Scratch).

The Suwannee River Water Management's (SRWMD) Middle Aucilla Tract touches Walker Springs on two sides! The Suwannee River Water Management District has a concerted campaign to own as much of the Aucilla River frontage as they can. They now own approximately 80% of this section of river! Although the SRWMD is a great neighbor, the fact remains that private landholdings here are now very rare and getting rarer. The SRWMD's objective is to protect this very special and unique area. They are great neighbors and add a lot to the recreation of the area. The area has great canoe and kayaking access points with a private take out at Walker Springs. Hunting is by limited permit only.

Fishing is incredible in the Aucilla with redbreast bream being exceptional. The Gulf of Mexico is only about twenty miles down the Old Salt Road. Landings at Mandalay on the Aucilla and The Econfina are some of the best in the Big Bend. This is some of the best red fishing and trout fishing in Florida. Recently, scallops have been plentiful as well. The 65,000 acre St. Marks Refuge is not far away. This is some of the most game-rich areas of the Southeast.

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Walker Springs Plantation

  • 84+/- acres in Jefferson County, Florida just 40 minutes from Tallahassee
  • 1/2 mile of frontage on the Aucilla River, one of the most pristine rivers in Florida
  • Walker Springs itself has been measured at approximately 1 million gallons a day
  • The 84+/- acres borders thousands of acres of SRWMD lands
  • Mapped as one of the prestigious Red Hills Plantations

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