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“A pleasant 3 hours.”

Silver Springs River
Ranked #6 of 45 things to do in Ocala
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

As my title says, I spent a pleasant 3 hours at the Silver Springs river. I would have stayed longer had, a) the shop had been open for something to drink or eat, and b) (through no fault of the park, because of the hurricane damage), the trail had been open.There is camping and an area for a barbeque, but for a solo visitor little other facilities.
I visited on a weekday and swam in the crystal clear river with just a couple of other people. I also hired a canoe and went down the river. A couple of words of warning here. The canoes are constructed of metal and weigh around 100lbs. They are kept in an area some 50 yards away from the river and have to be taken there and back on a pair of wheels. As a senior solo traveller and fairly fit, I found this, together with the launching and getting the canoe back out of the river and onto the wheels quite difficult. Also, if you have a cushion to hand, I suggest you take one as the canoe bench is very hard.
You can hire the canoe for as long as you want, but I suggest that 2 hours is more than sufficient to travel the assessable area of the river.
There is an entrance fee of $2.00.
Regarding the trail, if it is still closed when you visit (check the web site), then you can cross the road from the entrance gate and walk as far as you please along the Florida path. I did this and attach a photo to show how nice it is.

Thank William H
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

We happened upon this place en route to another destination and was pleasantly surprised. Although we arrived late in the day the people there were very accommodating and it was a nice escape from the hustle and bustle. I highly recommend this as a waypoint on your vacation.

Thank Samuel-Tracy
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

Stopped on Sunday morning while passing through. Admission is $2.00 with optional boat ride another $13.00. Boat ride takes about 30 minutes and filled with interesting information. Water is crystal clear, you can see bottom 30 deep. Trip shows you several underwater springs that supply millions of gallons of fresh water per day that flow through.

2  Thank Larry R
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

This was an adventure worth taking. It was a beautiful day, the river was cooler, and it was so quiet and peaceful. We saw birds, wildlife, and took in the fresh air.

Thank specialyankee
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

a great place to relax and enjoy nature. kayaking was so peaceful. saw monkeys, a gator and beautiful springs.

Thank terri f
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