Silver Glen Springs

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Silver Glen Springs basin

As the sun shines, rainbows play across the bottom of the crystal-clear spring basin at Silver Glen Springs, a beautiful spot along the edge of the Big Scrub of the Ocala National Forest, with a spring run that pours out into Lake George, the largest of the St. Johns River Chain of Lakes, north of Astor.  Both a popular day use recreation area and an important archaeological site, Silver Glen Springs showcases the delicate balance necessary between enjoyment of the outdoors and preservation of irreplaceable resources.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:
Operational Hours: Open 8 AM to 8 PM 
(hours vary by season)
Rentals & Guides:  Canoe rentals are available on site. 
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Day Use
$5.50 per person. Snorkeling permitted, no SCUBA

Canoeing
$16 canoe rental/2 hours
$24 canoe rental/4 hours
$38 canoe rental/day
(+$20 deposit for canoe use)
If you bring your own canoe/kayak,launching is free.

Fees are subject to change without notification.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No diving or SCUBA diving permitted. Boats must stay out of swimming area.
Closest Towns: Nearest grocery / gas stations:
Astor, 14 miles southeast via SR 19 and SR 40.
Salt Springs, 10 miles north via SR 19. 
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Portable toilets only
Passes: 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.
Operated By: American Land & Leisure

General Information

Directions:

Silver Glen Springs is located 6 miles north of SR 40 along SR 19 along the eastern edge of the Ocala National Forest. The recreation area entrance is directly across from the Yearling Trail trailhead and lies north of the Juniper Wayside area.

From Interstate 75 in Ocala or Interstate 95 in Ormond Beach, follow SR 40 into the Ocala National Forest to its intersection with SR 19 at traffic light east of Juniper Springs and west of Astor Park. Drive north on SR 19 for 6 miles to the recreation area entrance on the right.


General Notes:

This recreation area is especially busy on summer weekends. There are changing facilities near the parking area but no flush toilets, due to the sensitive nature of the cultural heritage and geology of this area.


Parking:

 The parking area is closed when full. 


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Activities


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Boating - Non-Motorized

Rent a kayak or canoe or launch your own for a trip down cypress-lined Silver Glen Run. Stick close to shore to watch for eagles above and manatees below.

Swimming

With constant 73*F crystal-clear water and a basin that slopes gently to the spring, Silver Glen Springs is a popular swimming hole. Bring your snorkel and meet the fish face to face!

Amenities

Toilets Portable
Picnic tables
Parking
Fee charged for some activities Day use fee
Interpretive Site Significant archaeological site
Drinking water