Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon

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Rainbow Springs State Park is a Florida state park located on U.S. 41, 3 miles (5 km) north of Dunnellon, Florida. It comprises 1,459.07 acres (5.9046 km2) upland (which includes around 100 acres (0.40 km2) of wetlands) and 12.83 acres (51,900 m2) submerged. The most significant natural feature is the first-magnitude headspring basin, which produces up to 600,000,000 US gallons (2,300,000 m3) of fresh water per day, forming the Rainbow River. The looking-glass waters of Rainbow Springs come from several vents, not one large bubbling spring. The river itself supports a wide variety of fish, wildlife, and plants, many within easy viewing by visitors. In total, the park contains 11 distinct natural communities, including sandhills, flatwoods, upland mixed forests, and hydric hammocks.

Visitors are able to see a variety of wildflowers in season; oak, longleaf pines, magnolia, dogwood, red maple, redbud, cypress, sabal, and hickory trees; gray squirrels, red-shouldered hawks, swallowtail kites, barred owls, whitetail deer, and a wide variety of wading birds. The relative peace and quiet of the winter season offers much for the nature enthusiast. An interpretive room located in the visitor center displays the historical, natural, and cultural resources of the park.

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  • We enjoyed walking through this beautiful park. The water is crystal clear, and they had kayaks and other rentals available on site. There is also a swimming area but it was a bit cool during our... 
    We enjoyed walking through this beautiful park. The water is crystal clear, and they had kayaks and other rentals available on site. There is also a swimming area but it was a bit cool during our...  more »
  • I’m sure the experience is amazing but we wouldn’t know because we couldn’t reschedule when the weather dropped to 58° with rain. There were other openings for the same day and they refused to let us....  more
    I’m sure the experience is amazing but we wouldn’t know because we couldn’t reschedule when the weather dropped to 58° with rain. There were other openings for the same day and they refused to let us....  more »
  • This park is layed out terrible. It is a long walk from the parking lot to the pay booth. Then another long walk to a picnic area. There was not much to see in the park the day we went. Unfortunately....  more
    This park is layed out terrible. It is a long walk from the parking lot to the pay booth. Then another long walk to a picnic area. There was not much to see in the park the day we went. Unfortunately....  more »
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  • If you have never been to a spring fed river this is the place to go to. Totally convenient to bring a packed picnic and swim, or plan your day canoeing or kayaking down the river. Gorgeous and pristine water! You need to know how to swim to access the springs for it is over 6' deep. Absolutely worth doing for $2!!!!!! There is disabled access, camping, ranger tour guides, trails, waterfalls, etc. Just beautiful!
  • Great place for a quick stroll. A few bucks to get in per person, but the waterfalls and scenery made it worth it. This is a great place for a few reasons. Rent kayaks, swim in the spring, walk the dogs on a nice paved path, or go on the yellow trail and off road it (easy hiking) 😀. While it does get busy, there is usually plenty of room to branch out. Best view is when you first walk in and to the left.
  • Absolutely amazing this place is. The crystal clear bright blue water is Absolutely amazing. The view is incredible the mineral water is so unbelievably refreshing you get out and your skin feels renewed and rejuvenated. The water temperature is a bit chilly so I recommend just jumping right in. I've been here several times and have a blast every time we visit. The path way has water falls which are so beautiful it truly is a one of a kind place.
  • The water feels cold when you first touch it, but you get use to it pretty fast, and then it feels warm. It's deep, you can't touch the bottom unless you go under. I think they said it was like 8ft. Bring some kind of flotation so you can stay out there longer. I didn't go under the water all the way, but I wish I did, because where my hair got wet, it stayed softer than the other parts that stayed dry. Go under the water 💖 I wanted to take pictures under the water, but my phone didn't let me 😢 The water is really clear.
  • One of the most amazing experiences. Hands down my favorite spring, the waters crystal clear, so much that appears you can touch the spring bottom, take caution looks can and most definitely are. It is incredible. The mineral from the spring rejuvenate your body Leaving your body feeling like new smooth and fresh it's a must visit

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