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SALT SPRINGS RECREATION AREA, FL

Photo: SALT SPRINGS RECREATION AREA
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Salt Springs Recreation Area is one the recreational jewels of the Ocala National Forest, with a spectacular natural mineral spring that gives the area its name. Plenty of outdoor activities keep campers and day-use visitors busy, including swimming in the springs, fishing, snorkeling, hiking and boating. Salt Springs is located between the St. Johns and Ocklawaha Rivers, 35 miles east of Ocala, Florida.

The national forest spans four counties and 383,000 acres. It is the southernmost and oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River, and protects the world's largest, contiguous sand pine scrub forest.

Natural Features:

The semi-tropical region gives the campground a mixture of pines and palms, with lush greenery and warm temperatures. Within the recreation area, a natural spring rises from cracks deep within the earth. The presence of potassium, magnesium and sodium salts give the waters a slight salinity - hence the name Salt Springs.

Recreation:

The natural springs, nearby Lake George and many surrounding rivers and streams provide ample opportunity for water recreation. Anglers can try a good fishing spot on Salt Springs Run, downstream of the swimming area, boat ramp and marina. Boat rentals are nearby.

For those who wish to explore on land, the facility has basketball courts and a horseshoe pit. Hikers have easy access to the Bear Swamp Trail and a segment of the 1,400-mile Florida National Scenic Trail.

Facilities:

Salt Springs is the largest campground in the Ocala National Forest and the only one with full hookups for RVs. The facility offers spacious campsites for RVs and trailers, as well as a designated tent-only area, which is a short walk from the parking area. Sites are nicely shaded and well away from the busy day-use area.

The recreation area and campground are located in the community of Salt Springs, which has a gas station, grocery store, several restaurants, bait and tackle shops, a post office, laundromat and visitor center.

Nearby Attractions:

Salt Springs is very close to Lake George, a great fishing destination.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Basketball Courts
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • General Store
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Water
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
  • Boat Rentals
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Fuel Available
  • Grocery Store
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Marina
  • Pontoon Rental
  • Restaurant
Know Before You Go
  • Be sure to reserve a site that will accommodate your equipment. The site you reserve is your site. You may not move to another site.
  • There is no cell phone coverage or internet service at Salt Springs
  • This campground has first-come, first-served sites
  • Campground gate is locked at 8 p.m. on weekends during the summer season (Apr 1 - Oct 31) and 6 p.m. during the week and in the winter (Nov 1 - Mar 31)
  • Call 352-685-2048 for the gate combination if you will be arriving late
  • Maximum 2 vehicles allowed per site; a fee will be charged for extra vehicles
  • Sites in Full Hookup Area 2 are available for long term reservations during the non-peak season (between Oct. 15 and Apr. 14); reservations greater than 21 days not available online; call 877-444-6777
  • Personal golf cars are not allowed in the Ocala National Forest; if you bring one, it must remain on its trailer
  • Click here for more information about Ocala National Forest


This facility is operated by American Land and Leisure. Comment cards are available from campground hosts or online.
  • Don't Move Firewood : Help protect our forests! Obtain your firewood near your destination to avoid the spread of pests. Using firewood from outside the area can threaten native trees and forests. Firewood from outside the area is not recommended as some states have quarantines in effect and firewood movement is illegal. Visit don'tmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
29.35694, -81.73194
29°21'25"N, 81°43'55"W

Salt Springs is located 35 miles east of Ocala (I-75), 60 miles west of Daytona Beach (I-95) and 95 miles north of Orlando, Florida.

From I-75 to Ocala: Drive east on State Route 40 for about 12 miles, then turn north on County Road 314 and proceed for 18 miles. Turn north on State Highway 19 and drive for about 0.5 mile to the recreation area entrance on the right.

From I-95 east of Ormond Beach: Take SR 40 west about 40 miles to Highway 19. Turn north on Highway 19 and go about 16 miles to Salt Springs. Continue 0.5 miles to the recreation entrance on the right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SALT SPRINGS RECREATION AREA
13851 Hwy 19N
Ft. McCoy FL 32134

Phone Number:

Information: (352)685-2048
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