Producing 65 million gallons of pure water every day, Silver Glen Springs is a first magnitude spring having a constant 72 degree water all year round. The mouth of the spring is 200 feet in diameter and the river that flows from the spring flows 3,300 feet into Lake George, the second largest lake in Florida.
Silver Glen Springs is located 6 miles north of highway 40 off of state road 19 along the eastern edge of the Ocala National Forest. The Silver Glen recreation area entrance is directly across from the Yearling Trail trailhead and lies north of the Juniper Wayside area. Our hotel is the nearest lodging to this popular destination and is located right on highway 40.
Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities at Silver Glen Spring. Snorkelers and swimmers can peer down into the gaping underwater limestone fissure that marks the mouth of the spring. The mouth of the spring is typically swarming with fish as they commonly enjoy the temperate waters that flow out of the underwater aquifer. Unfortunately, scuba is not permitted at this spring. Most parts of the spring’s swimming area are 4 feet or less deep and there is a shallow entry area for children. A concession stand is available.
Boating is allowed outside of the swimming area and this rule and others are strictly enforced. Camping is allowed but no hookups are available at this site. If you go to the springs, be aware that they will check your cooler for disposable food and drink containers. These are not allowed. Reusable and Tupperware are allowed however.