Manager's Message

Kathleen Kelso

Kathleen Kelso, Park Manager

Wow!  If you are looking for a beautiful park, you will find it here at Rainbow Springs State Park!  From the aqua-blue spring waters to a peaceful waterfall and gorgeous flowers, your eyes will be filled with gorgeous sights!     Once an early privately owned roadside attraction, Rainbow Springs is the fourth largest first magnitude spring in Florida, pumping more than 65 million gallons of water a day and creating a splendid area to spend time. Whether you jog the trails, or meditate by one of the bubbling waterfalls, you will find a peace that might surprise you. Whether the early Paleo-Indian history of the area, the remnants of early phosphate mining operation or the important habitat that supports an impressive range of imperiled species, this park offers everyone something special. The park is blessed by a high level of volunteer participation as well as an active staff. Whether volunteers are busy carefully tending to the sloping gardens, repairing facilities or working alongside the park rangers, the volunteers and staff keep the park clean, safe and friendly for your visit.  

Take note that Rainbow Springs State Park has three separate entrances listed below to help you arrive exactly where you want to enjoy the park!

Headsprings Entrance

19158 S.W. 81st Place Road, Dunnellon FL

Enter here for access to the headsprings, gardens, pedestrian trails, picnic tables, and canoe or kayak rentals. Please note: once the park reaches capacity, the park will close for the day. If you leave the park, you will not be allowed to reenter until the following day. For safety reasons, you will not be allowed to wait in line in the park when we are closed, nor can you park on the roads adjacent to the park. Vehicles left outside the park on the road or private property may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Tubing Exit Parking

10830 S.W. 180th Ave. Road, Dunnellon, FL 

Arrive at this address if you wish to tube down the idyllic river. You will be transported by tram to where you enter the spring and will peacefully float back to your vehicle. Please note restrictions on what you can bring with you on the tube.  Contact our visitor service provider for seasonal hours of operation and fees. 

Campground Entrance

18185 S.W. 94th St. Dunnellon, FL

Rainbow Springs boasts a beautiful 60 site campground with both RV and tenting sites. Note: Weekends are booked well in advance so make a reservation as early as possible. Our campground is gated and is located on 180th Avenue Road. Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.