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At O'leno State Park the river disappears into an underground cavern. When it reemerges from the depths, three miles away, it is a dramatically different river. Having joined with an underground river of crystal clear spring water, the reborn Santa Fe is nearly twice as big as it was when it "went below." For the remaining 30 miles, the Santa Fe winds through a beautiful landscape with abundant wildlife, lush vegetation and, of course, the springs. There are dozens of them, and they're all worth visiting. Some are small and hard to spot. Others arise from the riverbed and will go unnoticed unless you're snorkeling. It's not until you get about 7 miles below "the Rise" that you'll find the first big one - Poe spring - in Poe Spring county park.
From here you'll start passing a spring ever half hour or so. And, like their names, they are unusual and interesting. Lily - where you'll meet "naked Ed," the resident caretaker who has lived in a little thatch hut alongside the spring for nearly 15 years. As his name implies Ed only slips into his fur loin cloth when he has visitors. Otherwise he prefers to hang out (pun intended) as nekkid as the day he was born. No trip on the Santa Fe is complete without a visit with Ed. On downstream you'll pass Rum Island Spring, the beautiful Blue Spring before coming to the famous Ginnie Springs Park. This is the home to Devil's Ear, Devil's Eye, Ginnie, Dogwood and Twin Springs. And the list goes on - Myrtle's Fissure, Wilson Spring, Ichetucknee Spring and more. You'll never be bored on the Santa Fe.
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