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Salt Springs Recreation Area, Salt Springs

#136 of 605 in Wildlife Areas in Florida
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  • There are two parts to this recreation park. First is the springs to play in and cool off. There are large areas for swimming, frolicking about in the year round 72 degree water. This is a very family...  more »
  • If you have a chance to visit this park I would highly recommend it. The campsite is spacious and most are shaded. Nice and level with huge picnic tables and a fire ring. A hook to hang your decoratio...  more »
  • I've always LOVED Salt Springs. This place has been like coming home. My grandparents used to live across the street in the mobile park when I was little. Great family memories of crabbing right in th...  more »
  • I've been coming here for 13 years or even longer. My experience this go around has been bad. We have had our stuff stolen right out from our campsite and our truck. There has been no staff that has come to us and apologize or even attempt to give us any info on who I should contact about this. Yes the law was called and I have a case number regarding the incident. But to have your stuff stolen right out from underneath you feels like we have been violated. Camping life is supposed to be fun but this year my vacation has been ruined. If you decide to stay at Salt Springs, MAKE SURE U TIE YOUR YETI COOLERS DOWN!!!! and any other valuables YOU do not want to go missing.
  • Great campground. Facilities were clean and staff was nice. Individual sites were large and well-kept. Can't wait to go back when there is no fire ban.
  • Great experience camping at Salt Springs. The rest rooms and bath house were well maintained and the camp site was in waking distance to the water. Highly recommend camping here.
  • Also note, $6.00 per person to enjoy the springs for a day without camping. Well worth the money if you enjoy snorkeling.
  • The USForestry staff are courteous and kind; full of stories about nature, the history of Salt Springs... and when I inquired about it being safe to swim in the Springs, replied laughingly, "this being Florida, gators are everywhere." Gee... thanks. But, undaunted, I summoned the courage to swim - with Chicago Bob, a repeat 'Snowbird' local at Elite and Juniper Springs, as my 'guide' (or second option for breakfast, if a gator decided we were food) - and it was totally awesome! With big birds perched on the posts, warming themselves with wings outstretched, I swam with schools of Mullets, Bass, in and over the Spring vents, a few turtles, and ... wait for it... Manatees! YES!!! My first time at The Springs and I was blessed with Manatees, who decided to pop up and swim under and around us! Not allowed to touch them per law, I could see deep wounds, some cuts/scars more fresh than others, caused by incredibly stupid people who apparently don't value Manatees or the fact that Manatees have lived in these waters far longer than they or their families have been alive. Definitely a 'go to' place to swim, kayak or canoe. And, although there is a Salt Springs Marina a few hundred feet from The Springs, boaters of the motoring kind, could choose to launch in other areas, in order to avoid the shallower waters, where they have and are likely to (again) run over the slower-moving Manatees and their young.