Thursday, April 6, 2017

Silver Springs State Park, 4/06/2017

Silver Springs State Park

Silver Springs State Park is located just east of Ocala, FL in the town of Silver Springs, FL. The Park is one of Florida's treasures popular for decades for the multiple springs and clear water of the Silver Springs watershed. The state purchased the land and property of the privately owned concession there famous for it's glass bottom boats and multiple activities that has attracted tourist from all over the world since the turn of the last century. Fans of our state park system are happy that the state came in to purchase this historic place preserving it's legacy as one of Florida's first tourist attractions. 

Silver Springs State Park Spring Head Attraction

Glass bottom boat on the Crystal clear water of the Silver River Run


Glass Bottom Boat Concession 


The campgrounds at Silver Springs are located just south of the Main Entrance. The sites are surrounded by tall pines and are spacious with electric and water. There is a historic village located near the campgrounds which is used by the public schools in the area for educational purposes. The Village is open to the public after 4 pm every day and includes many preserved buildings and artifacts going back to the early days of the last century. There is a half mile trail leading to a docking area for kayaks for those who wish to portage there to paddle the crystal clear waters of the Silver River. 


Our campsite at Silver River State Park


Campers who joined us for our stay at Silver Springs

The dock located at the end of the trail from the campground


Our friend Lenny camping out in Silver Springs State Park

There are many interesting hiking trails near the campground besides the portage trail. The Swamp Trail hike is a 2 mile hike leading to the Spring River Run. Hikers walk through the tall pines before coming to a quarter mile board walk that leads to a viewing area overlooking the River. 

Shaded board walk leading to the Silver River Run


The Silver River Run

The waters of the Silver River Run are some of the finest in the state of Florida to paddle. There is a docking area for paddlers  located near the main entrance. There is no fee to use the dock facilities if you present you campground pass. The journey down the run is an experience very few forget. The waters are crystal clear with beautiful cypress trees lining the banks and abundant wild life everywhere you look. Those who are ambitious and experienced paddlers can explore the run to Ray Wayside Park near Highway 40  five miles down river. You can find more information at Paddle Florida.net There are several local vendors available who can accommodate those who do not have kayaks or canoes and would like to experience the beauty of the Silver River Run.

Kayaking on the Silver River Run

The clear waters of the Silver River Run reflect like a mirror

Great Blue Heron hunting for the next meal

Paddling the head water of Silver Springs

Family of monkeys on the banks of the Silver River Run

Cypress trees and lush plants on the banks of the Silver River Run



Silver Springs State Park leaves a lasting impression for those who visit the park and it's many natural wonders.