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.
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