Rainbow Springs State Park
Welcome to Rainbow Springs State Park
Maximum Capacity Alerts for Rainbow Springs State Park
On weekends and holidays the head springs reaches maximum capacity as early as noon; extending until about 3:30. The tubing area, which is located 8 miles from the head springs, reaches maximum capacity as early at 10:00 a.m., extending until about 2:00 p.m. Vehicles are allowed to enter only as parking spaces are available. For the safety of our guests we will NOT have a waiting line outside of the park. To avoid the crowds, we recommend arriving early or waiting until later in the day to arrive.
Construction Alert for Rainbow Springs State Park
In the near future and extending for several months, we will be renovating our gift shop. Please be patient with us and excuse any interruptions as we work diligently to improve our gift shop to enhance visitor’s services.
Archaeological evidence indicates that people have been using this spring for nearly 10,000 years. Rainbow Springs is Florida's fourth largest spring and, from the 1930s through the 1970s, was the site of a popular, privately-owned attraction. The Rainbow River is popular for swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, and kayaking. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at the headsprings. A picnic area at the spring includes tables, grills, and pavilions. For large gatherings, private pavilions can be reserved. Tubing is not allowed in the headsprings area of the park. Other restrictions apply to use of the headsprings such as swimming is only allowed in designated areas, no scuba gear, motors on watercraft, etc. Please call ahead to inquire about restrictions. Tubers can launch at the Tube Entrance on SW 180th Avenue Road. The Campground Entrance with a full-facility campground is about nine miles from the day use area. The Headsprings Entrance is located three miles north of Dunnellon on the east side of U.S. 41. The campground is located on S.W. 180th Avenue Road about two miles north of County Road 484 and two miles south of State Road 40. The Tube Entrance is located 1.4 miles south of the campground Entrance on SW 180th Avenue Road.