Boulware Springs

Boulware Springs




Boulware Springs is a fourth magnitude spring located just northeast of Paynes Prairie. The spring produces approximately 194,000 gallons of water a day which flows into a short run, and then into Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. The spring is fed by the intermediate aquifer. The land uses in the watershed are mostly upland forest and grasslands, but also some residential areas.
Water Quality

Boulware Springs exceeds current FDEP water quality nutrient standards. Sources of nutrients are septic tanks and also fertilizers from landscaping. There is also a construction and debris landfill in the watershed which may also contribute pollutants. Water quality monitoring information is available for Boulware Springs Run. To access this data, please visit here and access the monitoring stations and data by clicking on the station on the interactive map. You can also learn more from the Boulware Springs Fact Sheet.

Plan a Visit

Visit the spring and its run into Paynes Prairie at Boulware Springs Park and Historic Waterworks located at 3300 Southeast 15th Street.  Picnic facilities are available, as well as an area for parking and unloading bikes and horses to ride along the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. If you want, you can hike or ride down the trail and visit Alachua Sink as well!

Fun Facts
  • Boulware Springs is of historical significance as it was the original source of municipal drinking water for the City of Gainesville from 1898 to 1948.
  • The spring’s abundance helped the City to lure the University of Florida to relocate from Lake City to Gainesville by promising a free water supply.
  • On June 20, 1985, Boulware Springs was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
  • The park is located at the western terminus of the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail.

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