Florida Springs

Silver Glen Springs – Ocala National Forest

Reminiscent of a good old fashion swimming hole, Silver Glen Springs is a first magnitude spring that maintains a year-round water temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a popular place to cool off in the Florida hot and humid summer months.

There is plenty of recreation available here to keep your family entertained, so pack a picnic lunch and plan to spend the day, but you better get here early and beat the crowd if you want to grab a picnic table and grill.

There are two trails at Silver Glen Springs: The Springs Boils Trail, which is 3/4 of a mile long, and The Lake George Trail, which says it is 2 miles, but it sure seemed longer than 2 miles to me, I am guessing closer to 3 miles.

The Springs Boils Trail takes you to an overlook of the boils, which for the lack of a technical explanation, is where it looks like the water is boiling up out of the ground. The water is not really boiling as it is a constant cool 72 degrees, and it is bubbling up from the aquifer below through cracks in the earth.

The Lake George trail is a nice hike through beautiful forest and scrub, and it is not uncommon to see wildlife. At the end of this canopied and mostly shaded hike is an outstanding view of Lake George.

Admission to Silver Glen Springs is $6 per person and is well worth the price of admission. Canoe rentals are available $16 canoe rental/2 hours
$24 canoe rental/4 hours, $38 canoe rental/day
(+$20 deposit for canoe use)
If you bring your own canoe/kayak, launching is free.

Things to Know before you Go

  • Restroom facilities are portable toilets only so you may want to bring disposable bathroom wipes and hand sanitizer for extra sanitary measures.
  • The recreation area gets crowded on weekends especially in the summer. Arrive early, recreation area opens at 8 am
  • Scuba diving is not allowed but snorkeling is permitted
  • Pets are not permitted

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How to Find Silver Glen Springs

Silver Glen Springs is located in the Lake George area, on the eastern edge of The Ocala National Forest. It is about 56 miles west of Ormond Beach and 39 miles east of Ocala. From Interstate 75 in Ocala or Interstate 95 in Ormond Beach, follow SR 40 into the Ocala National Forest to its intersection with SR 19 at traffic light east of Juniper Springs and west of Astor Park. Drive north on SR 19 for 6 miles to the recreation area entrance on the right.

Map from Ocala, Florida to Silver Glen Springs, Florida 32134
Map from Ormond Beach, Florida to Silver Glen Springs, Florida 32134

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