Alexander Springs Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Only 27 first-magnitude springs exist in Florida, and Alexander Springs is by far one of the easiest to enjoy. A broad and naturally gently sloped spring pool 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.

The following services are temporarily unavailable: Canoe rentals, parking reservation system and the general store. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 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 for the campground can be made at Recreation.gov.
Rentals & Guides: Canoes and kayaks are temporarily unavailable to rent 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 For more information on fees, please visit the concessionaire at https://www.adventureocala.com/recreation-areas. Fees are subject to change without notice.
Permit Info: All anglers must have a valid Florida Freshwater Fishing License and follow regulations of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring
Busiest Season: Summer
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 - Ocala National Forest/Springs Hopper Pass. The day use pass is $70 + tax/person; good from date of purchase through end of the year. It provides entrance to recreation areas managed by Adventure Ocala: Juniper Springs, Salt Springs, Alexander Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Clearwater Lake, and Wildcat Lake. This pass is available for purchase from Adventure Ocala at Alexander Springs, Juniper Springs and Silver Glen Springs.
Operated By: Adventure Ocala
Information Center: General information: 352-669-3522
Camping reservations: 1-877-444-677

General Information

Accessibility:

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


Directions:

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.


Parking:

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


General Notes:

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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Picnicking

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Water Activities

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Boating - Non-Motorized

An outfitter on site rents canoes for the paddle down Alexander Run into the Alexander Springs Wilderness. It's necessary to paddle back to the springs unless you've arranged for your own take-out farther downstream.

Areas for Boating - Non-Motorized at Alexander Springs Recreation Area

Scuba Diving

Alexander Springs is the only place in the Ocala National Forest where scuba diving is permitted. Open water diving enables you to explore the broad mouth of the spring.

Swimming

Alexander Springs is one of the best swimming holes in the Ocala National Forest, with a gently sloped beach leading into the gently sloped spring basin.

Amenities

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 with hot showers for swimmers
Parking Large parking area
Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping Nicely shaded sites.
Accessible Picnic area and boardwalk portion of nature trail
Camping trailer 67 sites


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