Spring Break at the Springs!

Salt Springs Recreation Area

Ocala National Forest / Lake George Ranger District

 Manatee in Salt Springs Recreation Area

Manatee in Salt Springs Recreation Area

Located in between the St. Johns and Ocklawaha Rivers in central Florida, the Ocala National Forest is filled with lush plants and diverse wildlife.  Attractions in the forest include natural springs, beautiful Lake George, and miles of rivers and streams for canoeing, fishing, and exploring.

 Swimming area in Salt Springs

Swimming area in Salt Springs

Set in a semi-tropical region on the banks of Salt Springs, Salt Springs Campground has 162 sites. Campers come here to swim, fish, snorkel, hike, boat, canoe, and enjoy campground activities in the barn and the natural beauty of the area. Full hookup sites, primitive sites, flush toilets, and showers are available.  The area includes a small store, a company office, a barn for games and crafts, a basketball court, horseshoe pits, a nature trail, a beach and a boat launch.  There are all-terrain vehicle trails in the area, and interpretive programs are available to campers.  A fishing canal runs down to the springs.

 Campground Map

Campground Map

From the springs, there is a beautiful 5-mile canoe trail that meanders down to Lake George.  Canoes can be rented from the Salt Springs Marina, less than ½ mile from the campground at the head of the Salt Springs Run.  The slow current in the run allows for paddling upstream as well as down, making for a pleasant day on the water amidst beautiful scenery.

Advance reservations can be made or come for a first-come-first-served campsite.  Salt Springs is open year round, so no matter the time of year, if you want to enjoy Florida’s beautiful tropical setting, head to Salt Springs!

Read about more springs in the area: Lake George Ranger District