One of the last sulfur springs remaining in Florida can be found in Volusia County near the historic community of Enterprise.
It should come as no surprise that Native Americans were the first to discover Green Springs on the northern shore of Lake Monroe. According to historians, the Mayacas and Seminoles were mystified by the green-hued water and believed the land to be sacred because of the water’s healing properties.
The families who settled the area in the mid-1800s were also drawn to the beguiling waters. During the steamboat era, Cornelius Taylor opened a hotel on the property, which he promoted as a “health spa.” People suffering from illnesses and a variety of ailments traveled from all over the country to soak up the sulfur water and the minerals contained in each drop.
In the late 1800s, Green Springs became the property of wealthy New York businessman Frederick DeBary. Guests staying at his nearby DeBary Hall used the springs recreationally.
Today, Green Springs Park encompasses 36 pristine acres with plenty of nature trails, a covered picnic area, restrooms, and a small playground. The park also serves as a trailhead to the Spring-to-Spring Trail and the East Central Regional Rail Trail, both popular with bicyclists and joggers. While “No Swimming” signs are posted near the springs, locals are known to sometimes disobey the rules and take a dip. Some even bring their own ladders to help pull themselves up to shore.
Green Springs Park is open daily sunrise to sunset. There’s no admission.