Salt Springs Recreation Area, Salt Springs

#389 of 620 in Wildlife in Florida
Salt Springs Recreation Area is located in Salt Springs. Plan your visit to Salt Springs Recreation Area and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Salt Springs trip website .
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  • Another beautiful park in Ocala. Took us awhile to find it but it was worth it. Very nice hiking park, clean restrooms and a store for extras. Swimming in the cool spring water was the best . Costs 6 ...  more »
  • I hadn't heard of this spring but my daughter found it on a map so we stopped with the kids on way home from St. Augustine. Kids aged 2,4,6 loved it. It's beautiful has gorgeous grounds, wasn't crowde...  more »
  • Wonderful spring park, absolutely loved it. The park is very clean with lots of neat creatures. While we were there we saw a crab and a seahorse in the water. There were all kids of big and small bird...  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.

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