Salt Springs Recreation Area is one of the recreational jewels of the Ocala National Forest. The recreation area is located in the lush, semi-tropical setting of central Florida. Within the recreation area is a natural spring rising from vertical fissures (cracks) from deep within the earth. The presence of potassium, magnesium and sodium salts give the waters in the spring a slight salinity. Hence the name Salt Springs.
At a Glance
Open 8 AM to 8 PM (hours vary by season)
Rentals & Guides:
Canoe rentals are available at the Salt Springs Marina. An unimproved boat ramp is at the back of the campground.
Interpretive Site,Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
$6.00 per person day use fee
$6.00 parking fee at Salt Springs Marina
$7.00dump station fee for non-campers
Salt Springs Recreation Area is at the north end of the small town of Salt Springs, near the intersection of SR 19 and CR 314.
Potable water available
Flush toilets and bathhouse
Ocala National Forest Recreation Area Pass- $60 per person; good from date of purchase through end of the year. Provides entrance to our concession-managed recreation areas: Juniper Springs, Salt Springs, Alexander Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Clearwater Lake, and Wildcat Lake. Purchase at a recreation area entrance station.
From I-75 to Ocala: drive east on SR 40 for about 12 miles, then turn north on CR 314 for another 18 miles. Turn north on SR 19 for about a half mile to the recreation entrance of the left.
From I-95 east of Ormond Beach: take SR 40 west over the St. Johns River through Astor. Continue to the traffic light at SR 19. Drive north to Salt Springs. Continue past the CR 314 junction for about a half mile to the recreation entrance of the left.