Flowing into the Chipola River just above the unique natural feature and caves known as "The Ovens," Lily Spring is so named because it is a beautiful small spring surrounded by a colony of lilies. It can be seen either from the river or by walking the nature trail north from the canoe launch and parking area at Hinson.
The Chipola is fed by scores of such springs, some big and some small, but few have the unspoiled natural beauty of Lily Spring.
To visit Hinson Conservation & Recreation Area, travel south from the courthouse in Marianna on State Road 73 (Jefferson Street). The entrance is via Gator Hole Lane, which will be on your left one mile south of town. Look for the sign!
Here are some photos to show you why it is one of the "100 Great Things about Jackson County, Florida."
|A lily in bloom.|
|Colony of lilies surround the charming little spring|
|The spring flows into the Chipola River.|
|Crystal clear water from a tiny blue spring.|
|The Chipola River at Lily Spring|