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Alexander Spring Recreation Area

Alexander Springs is the only first magnitude spring within the Ocala National Forest, yet it is easy to explore and enjoy.


Image of Alexander Spring is a popular swimming area.Alexander Spring is a popular swimming area. © Paul Clark

It is located within the Alexander Springs Recreation Area on the eastern side of the Ocala National Forest. Multiple spring vents under a limerock ledge discharge clear and nearly constant 72°F water, forming a large spring pool. The bottom of the pool is a combination of sand and aquatic plants. One portion of the shoreline has a sand beach and stairs leading to the gently sloping spring pool; the remainder of the shoreline is the native floodplain forest of maples, sweetgum, and cabbage palms.

The one-mile Timucuan Trail goes through the floodplain, sometimes on boardwalks, with two overlooks along the spring run.

A nearby concession facility offers canoe and kayak rentals and livery service for those who want to paddle the spring run, which flows approximately eight miles until the confluence with the St. Johns River.

The recreation area also includes camping, picnic areas, and a bathhouse. It is open for both day use and for overnight.

At a Glance:

Activities: Swimming, hiking, diving, wildlife viewing, picnic areas, paddling

Entrance Fee: Yes

Scuba Diving: Yes with certification

Onsite Camping: Yes

Dogs Allowed: Yes -on leash only, not allowed in day use area

Type of Park: US Forest Service/Ocala National Forest

Address and Contact Information:

49525 County Road 445
Altoona, Fl 32702

Phone: 352-669-3522

Location: Lake County Lat. 29° 04’ 52.68” N., Long. 81° 34’ 33.18” W

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