Alexander Springs Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Enjoying a summer's day at Alexander Springs

There are only 27 first-magnitude springs in Florida, and Alexander Springs is by far one of the easiest for visitors to enjoy. A broad and naturally gently sloped spring pool becomes a natural water park when visitors come to picnic, swim and play. The water is a constant 72°F and extraordinarily clear. Ripples play across the sand bottom as small fish dart about. Surrounded by a floodplain forest of maples, sweetgum and cabbage palms, this recreation area feels almost tropical.

• Reservation system for parking will be available in the next 30 days

• Camping available

• General store to reopen in the next 30 days


Camping at Alexander Springs Enjoying a summer Swamp forest along the Florida Trail Misty morning on the Florida Trail Florida Trail near Farles Lake

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; may close earlier seasonally. Campers have 24 hour access to the gates with an access code.
Reservations: Reservations can be made at by clicking here:
Rentals & Guides: Canoe and kayak rentals are available at the concession stand.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $6 per person day use fee

$24 per campsite per night.

Canoe Rentals
$16/2 hours
$24/4 hours
(+$20 deposit for canoe use) Fees are subject to change without notification.
Permit Info: Fishing? You must have a valid Florida Freshwater Fishing License.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: If you're fishing, the regulations of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission for freshwater fishing apply.
Closest Towns: Alexander Springs Recreation Area is located between Astor and Altoona to the east of SR 19 and the west of the St. Johns River and CR 445-A.
Water: Potable water available
Restroom: Flush toilets and bathhouse
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: Adventure Ocala
Information Center: General information: 352-669-3522
Camping reservations: 1-877-444-6777

Download Alexander Springs Recreation Area map (PDF)
Download Timucuan Trail map (PDF)
Download Alexander Run map (PDF)

General Information


Sidewalks and boardwalks are fully accessible. The bathhouse and restrooms are ADA-compliant.


Alexander Springs Recreation Area is located along CR 445 in the northeast corner of Lake County between Astor and Altoona.  From SR 40 at Astor, take Butler Street to CR 445A, and turn left on CR 445. The recreation area is 5.8 miles south on the right.  From Altoona, drive north 5.2 miles on SR 19, and turn right on CR 445. Continue another 5.1 miles to the entrance on the left.


Paved parking with room for large vehicles. It is a large parking area, but is frequently crowded on warm weekends.

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Recreation Map

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Picnic tables Shaded picnic area on a sloping hill down to the spring.
Drinking water Non-potable water
Interpretive Site Intrepretive Timucuan Trail through river hammock
Toilets Bathhouse for swimmers
Parking Large parking area
Fee charged for some activities Scuba
Tent camping $24 per night. Nicely shaded sites.
Accessible Picnic area and boardwalk portion of nature trail
Camping trailer $24 per night. 67 sites, 180 day stay limit
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