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Scouting Silver Springs State Park Hike & Lunch

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Aug 12 8:30AM - 9:30AM

Let's explore new trails in Ocala and hike the historic Silver Springs State Park, one of the more famous and oldest tourist attractions in Florida. There are 3 entrances to the park and we will meet at the parking lot inside the Camping and Museum Entrance.


We are hoping to hike 5-8 miles (route and distance subject to change) with trails to include the River Trail, Swamp Trail, and the Sinkhole Trail. Please be in good physical condition for this hike. This should not be your first hike.

https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Silver-Springs

http://floridahikes.com/silver-springs-river-trails

ABOUT SILVER SPRINGS STATE PARK

In the 1820s, the springs became a tourist attraction for adventurous visitors who poled their way along the narrow stream through overhanging cypress and Spanish moss. With the invention of the paddlewheel, Silver River and Springs became a distribution center for Central Florida. Plantations growing vegetables, tobacco and oranges sprang up along the banks as nearby Ocala grew. In the late 1870s, Phillip Morrell fixed a piece of glass in the bottom of a rowboat and a new enterprise began. Silver River's glass-bottom boat tours have been world famous for more than 100 years.

The Silver River Museum and Environmental Center and Silver Springs State Park both opened to the public in 1987. For several years, however, the Silver River Museum and Education Center was the only developed area at the park. The continued relationship with the park and the Marion County School Board has given many local school children the opportunity to participate in environmental education programs at the Center.

The entrance station, completed in 2000, was one of the first park buildings constructed at Silver Springs. Since that time, a campground, cabins, picnic area with playground and a canoe and kayak launch have been added, providing additional recreational opportunities for park visitors.

On October 1, 2013, the Florida Park Service acquired management of the headsprings area. At that time, the name of the entire park was changed to Silver Springs State Park from Silver River State Park, adding 231 acres and multiple new recreational opportunities including the iconic glass-bottom boats.


WHAT TO BRING
PLEASE BRING: 2 or more liters of water (REQUIRED). RECOMMENDED: Lunch, snacks, insect repellent, sunscreen, rain gear and proper footwear. Parts of the trail will be shaded and parts will be sunny. Depending on weather conditions, the trail can get muddy or wet. The trail will have some elevation changes and roots so a hiking stick may be helpful. Restroom facilities are available at the state park. This hike is considered strenuous level due to distance and elevation changes. Please be in good physical condition.
Carpooling - Encouraged. If you would like to carpool please post a comment.

Park Fees- $8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle, $5.00 Single Occupant Vehicle or Motorcycle. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. $2.00 per person for entrance to the Silver River Museum.


DIRECTIONS

The park is located east of Ocala. At the intersection of SR 40 and SR 35, go south (turn left heading west), travel about 1 mile and the entrance is on the left, or east side of the road. The address is: 1425 N.E. 58th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34470.


LUNCH (optional)

For those interested, we can grab lunch after the hike.

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