The Alapaha River Rise is the re-emergence of a portion of the Alapaha River. The spring is composed of a single vent at the head of a circular depression. The spring pool measures 75 ft (22.9 m) southeast to northwest and 108 ft (32.9 m) north to south. Pool depth is 71 ft (21.6 m). Some algae are present on submerged limestone substrates. The water is dark and tannic. There is no visible boil; however, the run flows swiftly to the Suwannee River. The river rise flows south for approximately 900 ft (274.3 m) until reaching the Suwannee River. At low water levels in the Suwannee River, the run from the river rise is shallow with exposed limestone, making it difficult to take a boat into the rise. This depression has deeply scalloped vertical limestone sidewalls that are estimated to rise 30 ft (9.1 m) above water level. High ground around the spring is densely forested with pines and oaks.
The Alapha River Rise is approximately 19 miles (30.6 km) southeast of Madison on the north side of the Suwannee River. From the bridge over the Withlacoochee River on SR 6, drive 8.7 miles (14 km) east and turn south (right) on CR 751. Drive 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to a park and boat launch on the north side of the Suwannee River. The spring is approximately 0.3 miles (0.5 km) upriver to the east on the north side.
Land around the river rise is privately owned and in pristine condition.