De Leon Springs State Park is known for its swimming area and restaurant, but not many people know there is also a rich cultural history here. Interpretive displays in the visitor’s center and throughout the park were created by staff to offer a glimpse into the nearly 6,000 years of human history at this park. The park staff and volunteers are continually working towards preserving and interpreting this little gem of a park, so that it may continue to be an excellent source recreation and relaxation opportunities.
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.