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De Leon Springs State Park, De Leon Springs
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De Leon Springs State Park is a Florida State Park in Volusia County, Florida. It is located in DeLeon Springs, off CR 3.GeologyThe park covers 611 acres of Volusia County, built around a natural sulfur spring, flowing at a rate of about 20e6USgal a day, that remains 72 degrees Fahrenheit year-round and reaches a depth of 30ft at the spring boil.FaunaPark wildlife includes alligators, white-tailed deer, turtles and otters. Among the birds that can be seen are anhingas, egrets, hawks, limpkins, ospreys, vultures, American bald eagles, American white ibis, belted kingfishers, American coots and great blue herons.Seasonal sightings may include Florida black bears en route from the Ocala National Forest to the Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area, manatee seeking relief from the cold during winter and migratory birds such as the swallow-tailed kite, the sandhill crane and teal.
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  • It was quiet when we visited and it was beautiful. We walked the shirt nature trail and visited the museum. We also took a dip in the spring pool which was fresh! We visited the Old Spanish Sugar Mill...  more »
  • Spend the day or just a few hours, either way, it is well worth it. This location offers so many options; a picnic in the park, hiking trails, a dip in the pool (natural spring water), a boat tour, an...  more »
  • Everything from a boat cruise, hot springs to swim in and very well maintained walking paths. Very nicely maintained. Can get sandwiches at the old SugarMill or go for the pancakes that you cook yours...  more »
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  • My favorite for over 20 years. I am not a pancake lover, but there is something about this place. It could be the handmade pancake batter in the 5 grain or white. Both are delicious on their own, but I mix them for a very unique taste and quality. The bacon is delicious and I have it each time. I even love cooking my own breakfast just the way I want it. It is a bit of a drive, and if going during the summer or a weekend you probably need to expect a wait - but it is well worth it. And I always bring visitors to the area here.
  • Beautiful place, loved the boat tour around the swamp. The cottage like cafe was great too, made our own french toast and grilled cheese, very entertaining. Learned to do my navigational dive in the pool, and although it wasn't that much of a dive, the turtles are fun to chill with. Can't ask for more from a 2$ entrance fee.
  • This is a nice small state park using a spring as its center piece. It is small in a sense and is lined with concrete which in my opinion, ruins the natural part of the experience. The spring is deep and can prevent inexperienced free divers from reaching the bottom from where the spring water originates from. The water is pretty clear. There is also rentals for canoe, kayaks, paddleboards, and paddle boats. The Old Spanish Sugar Mill also has great pancakes that you cook on your table but the line could be more than an hour at times. There is also large pavilions for large groups currently priced at $75 dollars. Charcoal grills are also on site. Parking seems adequate and there is a sand volleyball court next to it as well.
  • Okay, so let me start by saying this is an incredibly well maintained and adequately staffed state park. It is busy and manages to operate well. HOWEVER, I just wish that there was some direct information provided online that this natural spring is extremely man-altered. I was unaware what I was going to see was a cement-walled swimming hole, separated from any fish or wildlife, claimed by humans for human use only. I was extremely disappointed and dissatisfied with this fact once it was in my sight. As a young adventurist and experience seeker, this was NOT what I was looking for. I don't think this should really be counted as or listed as a natural Florida Spring anymore, since the introduction of cement walls and a barrier separating the actual wildlife from the spring waters which people swim in. On the positive side, I do see how this establishment is family oriented. If I had children I would happily choose to take them swimming here over a public pool. It is also very accessible. From the parking, to the roped off shallow area, the multiple stairways into the water, lifeguards on duty, a ramp and chair lift for those in wheelchairs, this swimming hole is designed well for convenience and accomodation. And I emphasize that it is well kept. There was actually a park ranger walking around picking up any trash that had by human negligence had failed to make it into the multitude of garbage cans. Over all there are many activities to engage in with the provided hiking trails, covered pavilion areas with picnic tables and charcoal grills, the swimming portion of the spring and the part of the river beyond that which is teeming with life where fishing is permitted (swimming 'prohibited'), boat tours, kayak/canoe rentals, and the old sugar mill converted into a restaurant. I would just like to have it clearly stated and known, that if you are looking for a very natural, "untouched" type of spring and area, that is not here. With its golf course green grass around the cement encircled water hole and surrounding buildings, this is not entirely a natural spring. You will not find that here, but beyond the walled in spring you can still see some natural Florida beauty. That is what I have found through my visit. (:
  • Great family-friendly local fun spot. The Mill and its "make your own" pancakes was a fun venue. Followed by a dip in the clean cool spring waters was a treat for a hot Florida day. Get here early.