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Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Observation Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Salt Springs Trail

Showcasing a variety of habitats on a slope down from the Big Scrub to the sinuous Salt Springs Run, this 1.9-mile loop trail offers excellent birding from an observation deck along the famed waterway.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: When the spring run is high, the trail tends to flood ankle-deep or more along a stretch in the pine woods close to the boardwalk. The boardwalk is slippery when wet.
Operational Hours: Dawn to dusk
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Parking
Fees Free
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Fall-Spring
Busiest Season: Winter
Closest Towns: The trailhead is just south of the town of Salt Springs along US 19. Watch for it on the left side of the highway past the curve.
Water: No potable water
Restroom: None
Information Center: Download the Salt Springs Observation Trail map (PDF)

General Information


From the intersection of CR 316 and US 19 in Salt Springs, drive south on US 19 for 1.6 miles to the trailhead parking area on the left.

General Notes:

This trailhead parking area also provides access for the blue-blazed Salt Springs connector of the Florida Trail, found on the opposite side of US 19 about a quarter mile north of the trailhead.


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Natural surface trail



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Day Hiking

The Salt Springs Trail is a pleasant loop of less than two miles throuogh an intricate web of habitats surrounding the Big Scrub of the Ocala National Forest. While the trail includes some sharp climbs and a long boardwalk, it's a good walk for families with a big payoff at the end - an observation deck for birdwatching.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Nature Viewing

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