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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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The Department of Environmental Protection is negotiating with the park concessionaire, Silver Springs Management, LLC, with the intention of opening Wild Waters on Memorial Day weekend.

 

On concert and event days, the Spring Side of the park (entrance on SR 40) may have very limited hours for general admissions in order to prepare for the program. Extra fees should be anticipated for parking and tickets for events/concerts once the venue re-opens for the evening. The River Side of the Park (entrance on SR 35) will remain open as normal and close at sunset.

 Welcome to Silver Springs State Park

This Park has more than 15 distinct natural communities, dozens of springs and miles of trails.

 

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 area, also located on State Road 40, about 1 mile east of the SR 40 Spring Side entrance.

 

On the Spring side: Visitors can view the Spring head from a covered viewing deck, walk along the river on the paved trails and see the ornamental gardens and Spring head. Glass bottom boat rides are offered for $9.99 + tax per person and run every 30-45 minutes daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.  Our concessionaire offers food at the Spring Side Restaurant from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. daily. There is a canoe and kayak launch located at the southeastern corner of the main parking lot. Rent a canoe or kayak at the park from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or bring your own. There is not a shuttle at this time for pick up and drop off at other locations. 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 at all along the river and in the Spring head area unless you enter from the parking lot and use the boat launch to access land (fees apply).

 

On the River side: Visitors can canoe 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 pavilions with grills that may be rented for group outings and a playground for the youngsters.

 

For overnight stays, the River side has a full facility campground and 10 luxury cabins.  There is also a primitive campground for use by organized groups (scouts, church groups, etc.)

 

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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Museum is $2.00 per person. Children under 6 are free. For more information please visit Silver River Museum.