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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, the waters of Salt Springs rise from vertical fissures (cracks) from deep within the earth. The spring gets its name from the presence of potassium, magnesium and sodium salts in the water.

Image of Salt Springs ventZoom+ Salt Springs vent © Harley Means / FDEP

Salt Springs consists of several spring vents in a large shallow spring pool, which forms the headwater of the 4-mile long Salt Springs Run. Sidewalks and concrete walls line most of the spring pool, allowing easy access to the 74° Fahrenheit water for swimming or snorkeling. Motorized boats can travel up the Salt Spring Run from Lake George, but are prohibited in the spring pool. Fishing is also prohibited in the spring pool, but is allowed along the spring run.

The 1.5 mile Bear Swamp Trail is an easy trail that traverses pinelands and riverine swamps within the spring basin.

The recreation area also includes both primitive and full hook-up camping, picnic areas, a boat ramp, and a bathhouse. It is open for both day use and for overnight.

At a Glance:

Activities: Swimming, hiking, wildlife viewing, picnic areas, boating

Entrance Fee: Yes

Scuba Diving: No

Onsite Camping: Yes

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

Type of Park: US Forest Service/Ocala National Forest

Address and Contact Information:

13851 N. Hwy 19

Salt Springs, FL 32134

Phone: 352-685-2048

Email (links to email address if available)

Location: Marion County Lat. 29° 21’ 02.36” N., Long. 81° 43’ 58.05” W.

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