Silver Springs State Park, Ocala, Florida

ssspThis is my third visit to the Park. I would have taken the glass bottom boat tour except for the fact that it began at 1000h, not 0900 as I thought.. The State Park website, is as usual, full of information, but for information about the concessions be sure to read that website.
There are also a number of free exhibits which I quite enjoyed, that seem yo be open at 0800.
Silver Springs State Park combines the charm of a historic Florida attraction with the crystal clear beauty of one of the last uninhabited spring runs in the state.

There are three entrances to Silver Springs State Park. The Main Entrance is located on State Road 40 at 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL 34488. The Camping Entrance is located on State Road 35 at 1425 NE 58th Avenue, Ocala FL 34470. The third entrance is our Equestrian Entrance, also located on State Road 40, about 1.3 miles east of the SR 40 Main Entrance.

The Main Entrance: Enjoy the headspring from a viewing deck, walk along the river on paved trails, see the ornamental gardens, and enjoy an easy stroll through the Real Florida. Visitors can enjoy a meal from the restaurant with a view of the spring. Glass bottom boat rides and canoe and kayak rentals are offered through our concessionaire. There is a $4.00 per boat launch fee if you bring your own canoe or kayak at the headspring launch. There is no land access from the water along the river and in the headspring area except at the canoe and kayak launch ramp.

The Camping Entrance: Visitors can paddle down the crystal clear river (there is no fee to launch from this ramp, but there is a ½ mile hike to launch area), hike or bike along one of the nature trails, or just sit and watch the wide variety of birds and wildlife.The picnic area features three pavilions available for rental with grills and a playground nearby. For overnight stays, the park has a 59 site full facility campground and 10 modern cabins. To reserve a cabin or campsite, please visit ReserveAmerica. The Camping Entrance of the park is home to a pioneer cracker village and the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center. The center is operated by the Marion County School District in cooperation with the park and is open to the public on weekends and holidays from 9am to 5pm. Admission to the Museum is $2.00 per person. Children under 6 are free. PLEASE NOTE: Due to a sewer project in the campground area, reservations are not available between April 15, 2015 and August 30, 2015. Campsites and cabins will be available first come, first served.

The Equestrian Entrance: Silver Springs State Parks horse trail traverses a wetland habitat. Unless we are in drought conditions, expect areas of mud and standing water along the trails. Summer seasons feature biting insects, plan accordingly. If you do not have your own horse, we have a Visitor Services Provider offering guided trail rides. Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides will offer groups or individuals (6 years and up) rides through the oak trees on well-mannered horses. Visit the website or call them for reservations at (352) 266-9326. Cactus Jack may refuse service based upon current conditions.

 

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