Located on the western shore of Lake George, the 7 acre Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area is located on the eastern edge of the Ocala National Forest off State Road 19 approximately 6 miles north of the intersection of State Roads 40 and 19. The area, privately developed, has been under USDA Forest Service administration since 1990. The spring releases 65 million gallons of fresh water per day and a lush subtropical forest ecosystem surrounds the spring that is described as the most beautiful spring on the Ocala National Forest. It is here where Jody, from the book “The Yearling” fell asleep watching the hypnotic action of the “flutter mill” that he had built in the water. There are no overnight camping facilities. Snorkeling is permitted but no scuba diving is allowed. This location is a seasonal sanctuary for manatees, due to its constantly 72-degree water temperatures. Dangerous wildlife such as bears, hogs, and venomous snakes frequent the area. Timed 1-Day Personal Vehicle Reservation tickets will be required on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays between and including Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. Amenities include a walk-up store with snacks, beverages, and souvenirs, portable toilets, changing area, picnic tables, grills, bear-proof storage, and a canoe/kayak/SUP launch area.
Your 1-Day Personal Vehicle Reservation ticket guarantees your place for the entire day, starting no earlier than 8:00 a.m. You may exit and re-enter the park at any time.
The 1-Day Personal Vehicle Reservation pass reservation DOES NOT INCLUDE the per person entry fee. Daily per person entry fee will be paid at gatehouse prior to entering parking area.
Annual Spring Hopper Pass holders are still required to purchase a 1-Day Personal Vehicle Reservation ticket on select weekends and holidays.
The location opens daily at 8:00 a.m. and closes based on the length of the day. Staff will inform you of closing time upon arrival to the site and it will be posted.
Please have a printed or digital copy of your 1-Day Personal Vehicle Reservation entry reservation available to be verified at the gatehouse when you enter. Print or download your reservation to your phone prior to leaving a nearby town with cell service. There is limited cell service. ID required for 1-Day Personal Vehicle Reservation holders.
Conditions can change quickly. Regardless of weather conditions at the start of your day, come prepared. Dangerous wildlife is in the area frequently. There are no refunds due to weather.
No pets, glass, alcohol or personal grills are permitted in the recreation area. Bags, wagons, coolers, etc. are subject to inspection.
1-Day Personal Vehicle Reservation for Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area will become available 14 days in advance of the entry date at 10a.m. ET.
● Cancellations must be made up to 24 hours in advance of the entry time for refund minus $2 processing fee. Refunds must be processed through www.recreation.gov. ● No refunds for no shows, weather, or cancellations less than 24 hours in advance. ● Once printed, the ticket is considered issued, and modifications or cancellations will no longer be allowed.
5271 FL-19 Salt Springs FL 32134