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Silver Springs State Park

 About Silver Springs State Park

Two raccoons peeking out of a tree. Photo by Charles Littlewood.

A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER

Sally Lieb

With the arrival of winter, Silver Springs is a joy in any season and this time of year the ancient, ample bald cypress, having lost their needles (as their name implies), create a solemn and stately look flanking the banks of the spring and river with their immense, gray/brown trunks and branches.  Maples, sweetgums, ash and other trees dropped their leaves, so views of birds and other wildlife are opened up for all to see. Many wading birds and an occasional osprey or eagle are readily viewed.  Soon the maples will sprout their bright red seeds, followed by other blooming trees and flowers as spring comes back early to this part of the world.  Look for the iridescent red cardinal flowers on the banks of the river in nearly any season.   Come see this beautiful place with lots to do including camping, cabin rentals, multitudes of hiking trails, glass bottom boat rides on renovated boats of the 1970's Attraction Era, canoe and kayak rentals, food, gifts and many ranger guided hikes, events and programs.

We look forward to seeing you at Silver Springs!

DESIGNATIONS

The Great Florida Birding Trail Logo The Green Lodging Logo The Florida's Springs Logo Trail of Florida's Indian Heritage Logo

GETTING HERE

The park is located east of the city of Ocala.  Travel east from Ocala on State Road 40 to the intersection with State Road 35.  To find the Main Entrance, continue east about 500 feet and turn right into the entrance.   The address is: 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs, FL  34488.

To find the equestrian trail head, continue east on SR 40 less than 1 mile, the road narrows from 4 lanes to 2 lanes, past the next red light and the Trail head will be on your right. 

For camping and cabins, the entrance is located on State Road 35.  At the intersection of SR 40 and SR 35, go south (turn right heading east or turn left heading west), travel about 1 mile and the entrance is on the left, or east side of the road.  The address is:  1425 N.E. 58th Avenue, Ocala, FL  34470.

GET INVOLVED

  • Volunteer -

    Silver Springs State Park is growing and with it grow volunteer opportunities. The success of the park depends on dedicated, hard working volunteers. The park is currently looking for campground hosts and campground volunteers for the current summer season through October.  If you live locally we always need volunteers to work in the Silver River Museum or Spring Side Education Center on weekends.

  • For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
  • Friends of Silver Springs State Park
  • 1425 NE 58th Ave, Ocala FL 34470

CONCESSIONAIRES

PET POLICY

  • Florida State Parks Pet Policy
  • Pets are permitted at the Silver Springs Campground and on all hiking trails. Pets are not permitted in the water, cabins, any buildings or restrooms. Service animals are welcome in all areas of the park, as required by law.