Ranger Programs at Silver Springs State Park
NATURE HIKE WITH DAVID
Silver Springs State Park
First Saturday of each month, 8am
Hike with David the first Saturday of each month and learn about the flora and fauna of Central Florida. David is a knowledgeable Naturalist with a broad understanding of the ecosystems surrounding the Silver River. Learn about native vs. exotic plants, why the park does prescribed burning, and hope that the wildlife shows up as you walk! Wear sturdy walking shoes, and insect repellant is suggested. No pets, please. Hike is weather permitting.
Schedule of Hikes:
January 3, 2015: Sandhill Trailhead. The walk will focus on exploring the five species of pine trees in the park.
February 7, 2015: Sandhill Trailhead. The walk will focus on the Red Bud and Flatwood Plum trees.
March 7, 2015: Sink Hole Trail Head. Counting Trees: No not how many but how many different species of trees there are in these woodlands.
April 4, 2015: River Trail Head. Focus on the rare Pinkroot wildflower, and possibly see the Flame Bird or Prothonatary warbler.
May 2, 2015: Sandhill Trailhead. Focus on the birds such as the Pine Warbler, and Summer Tanager.
June 6,2015: NO HIKE
July 4, 2015: NO HIKE
August 1,2015: NO HIKE
September 5, 2015: Sandhill Trailhead. Beginning of the great wildflower show underneath the Longleaf pine trees.
October 3, 2015: Sandhill Trailhead. Wildflower month in Florida, see the wildflowers at their best, Blazing Star, Paintbrush, Summer Farewell, Yellow Buttons, Goldenasters, and Blue Sage.
November 7, 2015: Sandhill Trailhead. Wildflowers and the endemic shrub Garberia with its wonderful rose purple tubular flowers. You will be amazed at all the insects they attract.
December 5,2014: Swamp Trailhead. Focus on seeing the terrestrial Shadow Witch Orchid and the arboreal Manatee Tree Snail.
Fees: Regular park entry fees apply.
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 springs, “Springside” 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, go to the “Riverside” Entrance, 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.