The United States Congress designated the Alexander Springs Wilderness (map
) in 1984 and it now has a total of 7,941 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Florida
and is managed by the Forest Service.
The Alexander Springs Wilderness is bordered by
the Lake Woodruff Wilderness
to the north and east.
Before reaching Lake Dexter, a bulge in the wide and easy-flowing St Johns River, Alexander Springs Creek makes its way through three miles of subtropical swamp Wilderness. The terrain varies from hardwood swamp to sand pine scrubland--emphasis on the former--with numerous small islands, larger Kimball Island, and several old Indian shell mounds. Keep an eye out for the alligators, deer, and colorful wading birds making their home here.
There are no trails or old roads in the area, so most visitors explore by boat. The paddling is easy and the view over the gunwale often extraordinary. You can rent a canoe at Alexander Springs Recreation Area but no haulback service is offered; this means you must paddle back upstream or haul your canoe back to the Recreation Area. The Florida Wilderness Act of 1984 allowed motorboats on Alexander Springs Creek, so be prepared to encounter motorized boats in this wilderness.