Salt Springs Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Salt Springs Recreation Area is one the recreational jewels of the Ocala National Forest, with a spectacular natural mineral spring that gives the area its name. Plenty of outdoor activities keep campers and day-use visitors busy, including swimming in the springs, fishing, snorkeling, hiking and boating. 

It is the largest campground in the Ocala National Forest and the only one with full hookups for RVs. The facility offers spacious campsites for RVs and trailers, as well as a designated tent-only area, which is a short walk from the parking area. Sites are nicely shaded and well away from the busy day-use area. 

The recreation area and campground are located in the community of Salt Springs, which has a gas station, grocery store, several restaurants, bait and tackle shops, a post office, laundromat and visitor center.

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. All canoe rentals are first-come/first served. Personal flotation devices/life jackets and paddles are provided with all rentals. 
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Camping  
Permit Info: A valid Florida Freshwater Fishing License is required to fish in the Ocala National Forest.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: In the spring area, swim within marked boundaries. No lifeguards are present. Freshwater fishing and boating is governed by the regulations of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 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: The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Senior Pass, Lifetime Senior Pass and Access Pass holders receive a 50% discount on the fee for a single campsite occupied by the passholder. Discounts on camping are not available to America the Beautiful or Volunteer Pass holders.
Operated By: American Land and Leisure
Information Center: Information: 352-685-2048
Camping reservations: 1-877-444-6777

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

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Camping & Cabins

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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.

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
Tent camping 54 sites
Accessible Accessible walkways to swimming basin
Camping trailer 106 sites