A Note from the Manager, Brian L. Polk

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Sugar Mill and Falls

Brian Polk, Park Manager

Visit De Leon Springs State Park and enjoy emmersing yourself in the 72 degree spring water. Lifeguards are provided seasonally, so call the park for specific dates and times.  Make sure children are closely supervised and everyone needs to swim with a buddy. Water depth ranges from 3 feet to 30 feet.  Do not swim or wade in the Spring Run.  Alligators may be present.  Also, be aware that floats larger than 5 feet by 5 feet are not permitted in the swimming area. This is for the safety of swimmers who could become trapped under a large float.

Become a Junior Ranger at the park. Meet a Park Ranger, complete the Jr. Ranger Activity Book about the park's plants, animals, spring and history, then receive a certificate and a Junior Ranger badge! Pick up a copy of the Activity Book at the park and meet a Park Ranger.

Take an Eco/History Boat Tour on the M/V Acuera-a 50 minute trip on Spring Garden Run at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Look for alligators, otters, bald eagles and many species of wading birds. Visitors on the restaurant waiting list are encouraged to enjoy a boat tour and you won't lose your place on the waiting list! Call 386-837-5537 for tour reservations. A minimum of eight passengers are required for a tour.

Have pancakes or lunch at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant, open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays, serving until 3:45 p.m Please call ahead for wait times.  Reservations are not taken during holiday periods.  Call 386-985-5644 for additional information.

Take a hike on the Wild Persimmon Trail. The four-mile trail meanders through oak forest, cypress swamp and abandoned agricultural fields. Deer and turkey can often be seen, and Florida black bears have been spotted occasionally. Please register at the Ranger Station. 

Birding is excellent in and around the spring run. Bring your binoculars and bird book. The park is a Great Florida Birding Trail site.  Pick up a newly revised bird list at the park.

An all-terrain wheelchair and a standard wheelchair are provided for visitors who need assistance getting around the park, including the paved nature trail. A swimmer lift and wheelchair ramp are also available for access into the spring.

The Visitor Center features exhibits on the park's 6,000 year history and a DVD presentation on Queenie the water skiing elephant from the 1950s.

We hope to see you at the park soon!