Silver Glen Springs Day Use Area
Ocala National Forest / Lake George Ranger District
Silver Glen Springs is a 1st magnitude spring with a run to Lake George. The run is very popular with boaters but they are not permitted in the spring bowl. The bowl is a protected area for swimming and snorkeling among a variety of fish. Manatees like to visit in the winter when the St Johns River cools down. No diving or SCUBA diving is allowed here.
Rent a canoe or kayak or launch your own for free. Enjoy a picnic shaded by cedar, pine and moss-draped oak, on the shores of the crystal blue spring. Take a short hike to the Spring Boils Trail for photo opportunities of birds and other wildlife, as well as the interesting geologic features of the area.
Human beings lived on the banks of the springs for thousands of years, leaving behind enormous shell piles. Read more about this interesting archaeological site before you come: Silver Glen Springs Archaeological Site
Changing rooms, drinking water and portable toilets are provided. The nearest grocery/gas is Astor, 14 miles southeast.
Silver Glen Springs provides year-round recreation. A per-person day use fee is charged at the entrance. If you frequent this and other springs in the area, you may want to consider buying a Recreation Pass for $60 per person (also available at the entrance). The pass is good from date of purchase through end of the year; so purchase in January gives you the best value. This pass provides entrance to our concession-managed recreation areas: Juniper Springs, Salt Springs, Alexander Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Clearwater Lake, and Wildcat Lake. Learn more about Florida Springs here: FLsprings.com
Check here for more information from the USDA Forest Service: Ocala National Forest
Enjoy our virtual tour of Silver Glen Springs below and follow the link to read about camping on other springs near Lake George, Florida: Lake George Ranger District