Lake George Trail

Area Status: Open

A round-trip walk along the shoreline of Lake George, one of Florida's largest lakes, this day hike offers views of the lake framed by live oaks overhung with Spanish moss. Starting out near the site of the ancient village of the Timucua, the trail works its way through a variety of habitats, coming to an end on a picturesque low bluff with a 3-mile view to the far shore.

Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area

This trail is part of the Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area.

Both a popular day-use recreation area and an important archaeological site, Silver Glen Springs showcases the delicate balance between enjoying the outdoors and preserving precious  resources. With constant 73°F crystal-clear water, Silver Glen Springs is a popular swimming hole. Bring your snorkel and meet the fish face to face.

Silver Glen Springs was once a village site, and is now home to enormous middens - ancient "trash" heaps full of fossilized snail shells and ancient items of everyday lives - beneath a canopy of live oaks.


  • Kayak and canoe rentals are available for a trip down Silver Glen Run.
  • Boats must stay out of swimming area.
  • Please keep off the middens, which are the large mounds behind the fences. These areas mark an important archeological site and sacred space for Native Americans.

Picnicking and Grilling

  • 58 picnic tables and 30 pedestal grills are available for visitors to enjoy.


  • Be sure to bring your snorkel, although diving or SCUBA diving are not allowed.
  • Stay within the marked boundaries of the swimming area to avoid damage to sensitive underwater habitats. 

Walking Trail

  • A walk around the interpretive trails brings this past to life. The 3-mile round-trip Lake George Trail meanders through the woods and often provides a cool breeze. A visit to Jody's Spring beneath a canopy of palms along the Spring Boils Trail is another enjoyable walk and only 0.75-mile round-trip.

This site is operated by Adventure Ocala.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Watch for alligators sunning along the bank where the trail is close to the water.
Fees: Included in day-use fee for Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area
Usage: Medium-Heavy

General Information

General Notes:


  • ‚ÄčDrinking water at concession stand
  • Interpretive site
  • Picnic table at riverside overlook
  • Toilets near the trailhead


Day Hiking

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.3 miles round trip