Florida’s home to nearly four dozen major, publicly assessable springs. However, there are numerous smaller springs throughout the state. Located on Markham Woods Road just north of State Road 434 is Ginger Ale Springs, one of the creepiest places I’ve seen. The first clue? The green creature tucked in the corner of the sign marking the path to the spring.
The main pool of Ginger Ale Springs is enclosed in a circular concrete wall. A large sand boil and several smaller one are visible. The water cascades out of a rectangular opening in the side of the wall flowing into a sandy stream to the Little Wekiva River.
It’s hard to concentrate on the beauty of the spring once you notice the dolls, toys, stuffed animals, plastic flowers, clothing and signs adorning many of the surrounding trees.
There were too many faces staring at me to want to remain near the spring for more than a few minutes.
When I saw this open mouthed, wide-eyed mask peering at me from across the spring run, I’d had enough and turned to head back toward the car.
How can such a lovely spring to be home to so much creepiness? Maybe Ginger Ale Spring should be added to the list of Florida’s unusual roadside attractions.