Salt Springs Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Swimming at Salt Springs

Salt Springs Recreation Area is one of the recreational jewels of the Ocala National Forest. The recreation area is located in the lush, semi-tropical setting of central Florida. Within the recreation area is a natural spring rising from vertical fissures (cracks) from deep within the earth. The presence of potassium, magnesium and sodium salts give the waters in the spring a slight salinity. Hence the name Salt Springs.

Entrance to Salt Springs Recreation Area Concession stand at Salt Springs Recreation Area Cooler check station and bike rack Walkway around Salt Springs basin Swimmers entry point at Salt Springs

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (hours vary by season)
Reservations: Reservations for the campground may be made by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online:
Rentals & Guides: Canoe rentals are available at the Salt Springs Marina. An unimproved boat ramp is at the back of the campground.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $6.50 per person day use fee
$10.00 parking fee at Salt Springs Marina
$8.00 dump station fee for non-campers

$34.00 per full hookup campsite per night in the Salt Springs Recreation Area campground. Sites can handle RVs. 106 sites.

$23.00 for primitive campsites, no hookups. 54 tent sites.

Fees are subject to change without notification.
Permit Info: Fishing? You must have a valid Florida Freshwater Fishing License.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: In the spring area, swim within marked boundaries. No lifeguards are present. The regulations of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission for freshwater fishing and boating apply along Salt Springs Run. Fishing and boating are NOT permitted in the swimming area.
Closest Towns: Salt Springs Recreation Area is at the north end of the small town of Salt Springs, near the intersection of SR 19 and CR 314.
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: American Land & Leisure
Information Center: Information: 352-685-2048
Camping reservations: 1-877-444-6777

Download a map of the Salt Springs Recreation Area (PDF)
Download a map of the Bear Swamp Trail (PDF)

General Information


From I-75 to Ocala: drive east on SR 40 for about 12 miles, then turn north on CR 314 for another 18 miles. Turn north on SR 19 for about a half mile to the recreation entrance of the left.

From I-95 east of Ormond Beach: take SR 40 west over the St. Johns River through Astor. Continue to the traffic light at SR 19. Drive north to Salt Springs. Continue past the CR 314 junction for about a half mile to the recreation entrance of the left.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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Boating - Motorized

An unimproved boat launch is located at the end of the campground closest to Salt Springs Run. It is directly across the run from the Salt Springs Marina. Follow the signs.

Fees: Recreation area day use fee

Areas for Boating - Motorized at Salt Springs Recreation Area


Areas for Swimming at Salt Springs Recreation Area


Picnic tables
Drinking water Water fountains
Interpretive Site
Toilets Flush toilets and bathhouses
Boat ramp Unimproved, in campground
Fee charged for some activities $6.50 day use fee, $7 parking fee at Salt Springs Marina
Tent camping $23.00 per night, 54 sites
Accessible Accessible walkways to swimming basin
Camping trailer $34 per night, 106 sites
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Enjoying a summer's day at Alexander Springs

Alexander Springs

Swimming at Salt Springs

Salt Springs

Silver Glen Springs basin

Silver Glen Springs