Rene Acuna, Park Manager
De Leon Springs State Park is a magical place nestled in the town of De Leon Springs, Florida. Not only is the park known for its refreshing 72-degree spring, but it is also home to the iconic Old Sugar Mill Pancake House, where visitors come from all over to enjoy making their own pancakes.
The allure does not stop there. De Leon Springs is also rich in history. Our visitor center takes you on a historical adventure beginning with the Mayaca tribe that made their home here 8,000 years ago. Other features are stories about the plantation era in the early 1800s and more recent material describing the attractions era in the 1950s before the Florida Park Service took over operations in 1982.
Besides its rich history, De Leon Springs State Park has amazing natural beauty as well. There are three hiking trails, a crystal-clear swimming spring, a fishing dock, and a spring run used by boaters and kayakers.
For me, the perfect day at De Leon Springs begins with an early morning hike on one of the trails where I can enjoy the morning calm in hopes of coming across a feeding deer or just listen to the sounds of the birds that surround me. After enjoying breakfast at the popular Sugar Mill Restaurant, I like to paddle on a kayak or perhaps take a boat tour on the spring run where I can marvel at the wildlife from the water.
Finally, a swim in the spring is a must! My family and I can find a spot under one of the many majestic oak trees and enjoy a cookout as we absorb the Florida sun knowing we can return to the spring for a refreshing dip.
That would be just one day at the park! There is so much more to see and do, providing the perfect reason for another visit.
We hope to see you at the park soon.