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De Leon Springs State Park

 About De Leon Springs State Park

Inside the Sugar Mill restaurant


Brian Polk

NEW! Become a Junior Ranger at the park. Meet a Park Ranger, complete the Jr. Ranger Activity Book about the park's plants, animals, spring, and history, then receive a certificate and badge.  Pick up a copy of the Activity Book at the park.

Take an Eco/History Boat Tour on the M/V Acuera--a 50 minute trip on Spring Garden Run at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 1:00. Look for alligators, otters, bald eagles and many species of wading birds.  Visitors on the restaurant waiting list are encouraged to enjoy a boat tour and you won't lose your place on the waiting list!  Call 386.837.5537 for tour reservations.  A minimum of eight passengers are required for a tour.

Enjoy swimming in the 72 degree spring.  Lifeguards are not provided.  Make sure children are closely supervised, and everyone needs to swim with a buddy.  Water depth ranges from 3 feet to 30 feet. 

Have pancakes or lunch at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant, open 9-5 on weekdays and 8-5 on weekends and holidays, serving until 4:00. Call 386.985.5644 for further information.

Take a hike on the Wild Persimmon Trail.  The four mile trail meanders through oak forest, cypress swamp and abandoned agricultural fields. Deer and turkey can often be seen, and Florida black bears have been spotted occasionally. Please register at the Ranger Station.

Birding is excellent in and around the spring run. Bring your binoculars and bird book. The park is a Great Florida Birding Trail site.

An all-terrain wheelchair and a standard wheelchair are provided for visitors who need assistance getting around the park, including the paved nature trail.  A swimmer lift and wheelchair ramp are also available for access into the spring.

The Visitor Center features exhibits on the park's 6,000 year history and a DVD presentation on Queenie the water skiing elephant from the 1950s.  It is open daily from 9:00 to 3:00.

If you are looking to burn off calories in a safe, scenic environment, the park offers a variety of activities.  Go to Additional Information and open Fun Fitness at the Park!


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  • De Leon Springs is located at the corner of Ponce de Leon and Burt Parks Road, west of U.S. 17.
  • Take US Hwy 17 North from Deland for approximately six miles, following the state park signs. Turn left onto Ponce De Leon Boulevard and travel approximately one mile to the entrance to De Leon Springs State Park.