Boiling Spring Lakes
Boiling Spring Lakes, with its 16,000 acres of land, derives its name from the boiling spring that flows with an incredibly pure stream of water. The city's centerpiece, the 150-acre "Big Lake", 150-acres or 2 1/2 miles long with 10 miles of shoreline, is just one of more than 50 natural and man-made lakes in the city. The "Big Lake" is fed by five springs and Allen's Creek, and is 2-1/2 miles long with 10 miles of shoreline. Several of the lakes offer public access for swimming, fishing, and water-skiing.
This is a serene community where wildlife and floriculture abound. The entire area seems enchanted with tall pines, oaks, and sweet gums hovering over the spring. In the early spring, damsel flies of red, green, and blue dart about the area and butterflies of all colors and descriptions flutter in the thickets. Sights such as the fox squirrel, tall pines, oaks, sweet gums, and the rare and protected Venus flytrap are everywhere. The Lakes & Country Club is located in Boiling Spring Lakes and offers 18 holes of championship golf in a natural setting of a "wildlife preserve" and bird sanctuary."
A little bit of history: In 1961, the developers of Boiling Spring Lakes happened upon a gushing spring concealed in a wooded ravine. Wishing to beautify the area, a 4-foot high brick wall was built to encompass this natural phenomenon. Almost before the masons had completed their work, the spring suddenly stopped running. Within a few hours, it burst out in a free full flow some 15 feet outside the wall.
When the 3-foot wall enclosing the Spring was built, the weight of the water in the enclosed area resulted in a back pressure against the Spring so it moved to an easier release point (downstream). Over time the wall broke allowing the impounded water to flow (escape). With a lower water level in this area (less back pressure), the spring returned to its former location, and it boils today.
Many years ago, the spring was known as Bouncing Log Spring, inasmuch as a large chunk of petrified wood was tossed and churned in the water gushing up from the ground. Eventually, there was no longer a log being bounced around by the upward thrust of groundwater, and the name was changed to the Boiling Spring. State geologists have calculated that the spring discharges approximately 43 million gallons of water each day.
Legend has it that long ago, Indians would camp around the spring and hold their council meetings at this site on their annual trek to the Atlantic Ocean for oysters, fish, and game. They always drank from the spring, believing whomever drank from the spring would always return.