- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Visit Falmouth Springs
The so-called "world's shortest river" is actually a window into a cave.
At Falmouth, spring water bubbles up from the underground cave system at one end, travels for 450 visible feet, then disappears back into the ground through an opening known as a swallet or siphon. It is a first magnitude spring, with a daily water flow of around 65 million gallons. During flood events, the water visibly reverses flow. During periods of low rain, the siphon can appear as a whirlpool.
Located within a 276-acre park maintained by the Suwanee River Water Management District, the spring is open for swimming to anyone willing to brave the constant 72 degree water temperature. Diving is also permitted, though divers are warned to stay away from the siphon unless highly experienced. For those who just want to enjoy the view, there are also hiking trails, a small picnic area, and several boardwalks.
The smooth surface of the little river often makes it appear as if no water is flowing at all, but make no mistake, countless gallons of fresh water are disappearing into the rock every day.