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Silver Springs State Park

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1425 N.E. 58th Avenue
Ocala, Florida 34470

(352) 236-7148

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View down the river of big green trees and blue sky. Photo by R Jones.

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Wild Waters Water Park is open for summer! Currently, Alligator Ambush, the Wave Pool, Cool Kids Cove, and the Tad Pool are open. Hours are 10am to 6pm daily except Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when Wild Waters stays open until 10pm.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Effective 8/1/14, the SR40 Ocklawaha Public Lands Visitor Center located at 3199 NE CR 315 in Ocala is being closed cooperatively by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service (FPS) and the US Forest Service (USFS). This closure is part of an overall streamlining and consolidation effort by both agencies to more efficiently utilize existing facilities and staff. Information and services about the extensive outdoor recreational lands and facilities in this area will continue to be offered by the respective agencies.

 Welcome to Silver Springs State Park

Silver Springs State Park combines the charm of a historic Florida attaction 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 entrance to the Spring Side is located on State Road 40 at 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL 34488. The entrance to the River Side is located on State Road 35 at 1425 NE 58th Avenue, Ocala FL 34470. The third entrance is our Equestrian Trails, also located on State Road 40, about 1 mile east of the SR 40 Spring Side entrance.

On the Spring Side:  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. There is no land access from the water along the river and in the headspring area except at the canoe and kayak launch ramp.

On the River Side: Visitors can paddle down the crystal clear river (there is no fee to launch on this side 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 rentable pavilions with grills and a playground. For overnight stays, the River Side has a 59 site full facility campground and 10 modern cabins. To reserve a cabin or campsite, please visit ReserveAmerica.com

The River Side 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.

On the Equestrian TrailsSilver Springs State Park’s 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.