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Silver Springs State Park

Silver Springs State Park, formerly known as Silver River State Park, is a Florida state park located on the Silver River in Marion County. The park … See more


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Dec 29, 2022
I've been there several times, kayaking, walking the grounds and taking the boat tour. The water is the clearest Ive ever seen and the fish are all a beautiful bright blue color from the minerals in… Full review by Brian H
Nov 15, 2022
Don't like to do negative reviews. However, it is not as good as it used to be. Probably been 40 years since I've been there. The glass bottom boat was ok but could not understand the guy doing the n… Full review by Donald T
Aug 2, 2022
Glass bottom boat was every bit as enjoyable as it was 50 years ago. The park is pristine. Would have like to do the longer tour and paddle board but next time for sure. Full review by dsg63


Beautiful Blue Depths of the Springs
Silver Springs State Park is rich with history dating back to the 1500’s when it was first settled by the Timucua Indians. This area has also been explored by the Spanish and was once a settlement of the Seminole Indians. Native American relics can be seen at the museum located in the park or when exploring the springs by boat or kayak/canoe; authentic dugout canoes are currently lying on the bottom of the river. If you are looking to explore more current history, Silver Springs State Park was utilized in the filming of Tarzan films and other noted TV shows and movies. Several movie props continue to find their home on the river and can be seen during tours and self-guided expeditions. Silver Springs State Park has a large ecotourism presence as sustainability of the spring and waterways is an important goal of the local community. The park utilizes electric powered glass bottom boats to explore and provide guided tours of the Headspring in an effort to conserve the natural beauty of the crystal clear river. Along with glass-bottom boat tours, the park offers visitors the ability to rent or utilize personal canoes or kayaks to explore the springs and tributaries. If visitors desire to explore the headspring without being on the water, there is a large viewing deck that provides access to peer into the beautiful blue depths of the springs. Along with beautiful springs, the Silver Springs State Park hosts a list of amenities including camping, a natural history museum, a replica of an old Florida Cracker town, miles of trails, and even an old fashioned ice-cream shop. The park is a great location to bring your family as it features kid friendly activities and a playground. Wildlife Photographers love Silver Springs State Park due to the diversity of wildlife; alligators, multiple species of turtles and fish, and if you are lucky, the ever popular Rhesus monkeys can be found around the park. Birders also find the Silver Springs State Park a great location for viewing cormorants, great blue heron, egrets, ibis, and limpkin. Park admission is $2.00 per person Glass bottom boat rides $11.00 per person Kayak rental is $20.00 per person per hour with an all-day rental option. Self-launch of personal Canoe/Kayak is $4.00 Camping rates are through the Reserve America website like the other Florida State Parks.
Varied Trails. Diverse Ecosystem. Abundant Wildlife.
The Silver Spring State Park Trail area features three trails that offer unique views: the Sandhill Nature Trail, the Silver Spring Sinkhole Trail, and the River Trail. Upon entering the state park, the first trailhead visitors will encounter is the Sandhill Nature Trail, a short 1.7-mile loop trail that traverses through longleaf and wiregrass sandhill habitat. The Sandhill Trail lives up to its name with its views from the sandy trail. Pine, palmetto, and oaks abound, and during the warmer months, wildflowers are abundant as well. Birdwatchers will be excited to discover that the woodpecker population around this trail is thriving, and the air is often filled with their sounds. Since this trail intersects with many others, it is important to keep and eye on the markers. The Silver Spring Sinkhole Trailhead is located nearby the park's main hub, and hikers may want to stop at the Silver River Museum, education center, and pioneer village recreation before heading out. The trail loops through sandhill, scrub, and oak hammocks as it circles a large sinkhole that actually contains a diverse amount of tree life. Around this geological feature are some picnic tables, so if the trail snacks made it this far, enjoy in comfort! Finally, the River Trail, which also has a swamp segment, is perhaps the park's most popular. It leads out to the Silver River itself, which is a crystal clear, spring fed beauty. Like most river side trails in Florida, this area is also home to alligators and a few different snake species - so keep an eye out! The swamp segment of the trail is an interesting view most visitors won't want to miss as well. The 2-mile boardwalk allows an up-close and personal view of Florida's swampland, providing an usual perspective on an important step in the water cycle! After a long and fun day of hiking, visitors can retire to the campground, or, head over to the headspring and enjoy a look at the source of the Silver River!

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