De Leon Springs State Park
Welcome to De Leon Springs State Park
Offering visitors a Florida experience that blends its recreational swimming area with its fascinating history.
The cultural and natural history of the park are preserved and shared throughout the grounds on signs, displays and in the visitor center. The butterfly garden and 600-year-old cypress tree provide visitors an exciting glimpse into the natural beauty of Florida. Take a walk through this majestic park before cooling off in the crystal springs.
If you prefer to stay above the water, canoes, paddleboats and kayaks may be rented from the park's concession. The park's paddling trail provides access to the 22,000 acre Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, with lakes, creeks and marshes to explore. The free boat ramp, with dock, can accommodate boats up to about 20 feet, with the St. Johns River a distance of about 10 miles. Fishing is excellent in the spring run from the shore or the fishing dock. A Florida freshwater fishing license is required for visitors between 16 and 65 years of age. Bow fishing is permitted in the park's section of the spring run between sunset and 8 a.m. Birding is great, and the park is on the Great Florida Birding Trail.
Picnic tables, grills and a playground are available under the grand live oak trees, with four pavilions available for rent. Two additional pavilions are free, first-come, first served and they are located near the spring and restrooms. Visitors can hike the 4.2 mile Wild Persimmon Hiking Trail or take a leisurely stroll on the one-half mile paved Nature Trail to see the 600 year-old cypress tree. The Butterfly Garden has about 500 plants for the benefit of resident and migrating butterflies and hummingbirds. The park offers interpretation of its cultural and natural history through kiosks and signs throughout the park and exhibits in the Visitor Center. Park Ranger programs, covering a variety of topics, are offered during the Fall and Winter months.
Plan Your Visit
Eco/Heritage Boat Tour
Every Stamp Is A Story
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