Spring returns in a hurry to this central Florida magnificent artesian spring. Already since this photo was taken new green leaves have burst forth as a powerful backdrop to multitudes of blooming and pollenating trees, shrubs and flowers. Birds are urgently nesting and the spring blossoms are going strong in the sand hills as well as the springs gardens. Don't miss the best time of year...
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Silver Springs State Park
Welcome to Silver Springs State Park
Silver Springs State Park combines the charm of a historic Florida attraction with the crystal clear beauty of one of the last uninhabited spring runs in the state.
There are three entrances to Silver Springs State Park. The main entrance is located on State Road 40 at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Silver Springs, FL 34488. The camping & Museum entrance is located on State Road 35 at 1425 NE 58th Avenue, Ocala FL 34470. The equestrian entrance is located approximately 1.3 miles east of the Main Entrance on State Road 40.
The Main Entrance: Enjoy the headspring from a viewing deck, walk along the river on paved trails, see the ornamental gardens, and enjoy an easy stroll through the Real Florida. Visitors can enjoy a meal from the restaurant with a view of the spring. Glass bottom boat rides and canoe and kayak rentals are offered through our concessionaire. There is a $4.00 per boat launch fee if you bring your own canoe or kayak at the headspring launch. There is no land access from the water along the river and in the headspring area except at the canoe and kayak launch ramp.
The Camping Entrance: Visitors can paddle down the crystal clear river (there is no fee to launch from this ramp, but there is a ½ mile hike to launch area), hike or bike along one of the nature trails, or just sit and watch the wide variety of birds and wildlife.The picnic area features three pavilions available for rental with grills and a playground nearby. For overnight stays, the park has a 59-site full-facility campground and 10 modern cabins. To reserve a cabin or campsite, please visit ReserveAmerica. The camping entrance of the park is home to a pioneer cracker village as well as the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center. The center is operated by the Marion County School District in cooperation with the park and is open to the public on weekends and holidays from 9am to 5pm. Admission to the Museum is $2.00 per person. Children under 6 are free.
NOTE: Please excuse our dust! Camping reservations are blocked due to sewer construction project that is anticipated to continue through May 2016. Reservations will be available again when the termination date of the project is clearly defined. Some campsites and cabins may be available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the park to check availability the day before your expected arrival.
The Equestrian Entrance: The Silver Springs State Park horse trail traverses a wetland habitat. Unless we are in drought conditions, expect areas of mud and standing water along the trails. Summer seasons feature biting insects; please plan accordingly. If you do not have your own horse, we have a Visitor Services Provider offering guided trail rides. Cactus Jack's Trail Rides will offer groups or individuals (6 years and up) rides through the oak trees on well-mannered horses. Visit the website or call for reservations at (352) 266-9326. Cactus Jack may refuse service based upon current conditions.