De Leon Springs State Park, Florida
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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.For De Leon Springs State Park and beyond, use our De Leon Springs vacation generator to get the most from your De Leon Springs vacation.
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the Mill is a great restaurant where you make your own breakfast. ANd make sure you take the boat trip for the historical info, birds and gators. well worth the trip there. Very unique. Take your bath... read more »
This is an awesome place to enjoy the day with family. Our kids absolutely loved it. The area and water were clean. The water was freezing but would feel wonderful on a really hot day. We would come b... read more »
After 1 hour and 45 minutes drive we arrived at 8:00am 36 cars were lined up around the small path to get to the entrance. We arrived early to begin with the famous Sugar Mills restaurant. To begin wi... read more »
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. (:
The sugar mill restaurant is good,eat some pancakes that you make yourself right on the built in griddle on your table! Then go for a guided boat ride to see old Florida. Afterwards cool off in the 72° spring. A true family fun park.
Small Park with concrete encompassing a natural spring. Fun for all ages. Swimming is the main attraction. Water temps always around 74 degrees. Cool, but tolerable. There is kayaks to rent for the river the spring flows into. A restaurant with do it yourself pancakes at your table. This place has been discovered in the last few years and now has a line before opening on popular days for Park going. Take a walk on to the pier to view fish, turtles, and alligators (yes 50% of time, I see em)! A few large gazebos offer large groups/families areas to relax. Much history here. Is was the early Las Vegas in the USA, with a circus, gambling, hotel, and the rich congregations.
THE GATE-ATTENDENT WAS UNBELIEVABLY HOSTILE. The elderly lady (Garcia) was the rudest State Park employee ever encountered. My husband missed the entrance sign and stopped about a foot past the gate before we saw her. He immediately backed up and apologized, once he realized it. However, his sincere apology was not good enough for Ms. Garcia. She yelled him about the sign, she yelled at him about how big the sign was while she abrasively banged on the sign, and she yelled at him about the fact that she "had to walk a foot away just to get his entrance fee". So when I explained to her that he genuinely did not see the sign and that this was our first time visiting here, that was also not enough to console her. It was truly unbelievable. It was worse than he average visit to the DMV. So I asked her if she could be nicer; especially when he apologized and her, but her horrid attitude grew increasingly worse. So I told her that I would be contacting the corporate office and communicate with whoever is in charge of the park. I cannot imagine her speaking to all of the visitors like this. There are good reviews for this place, so did she single us out? It makes no sense. What gave her the impression that it was okay to treat any human being in this manner? Personal responsibility, customer care, a little compassion and understanding goes a long way. I wish that we could say that we enjoyed our stay there, but Garcia's disregard for any tact left us feeling shocked and under-appreciated. At this time, I cannot recommend.
Great place to spend a hot summer day! There is plenty of place to park and have a picnic. The water is a cool and is great to wade or dive down into the spring. Plus the local restaurant is terrific.
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