This Park has more than 15 distinct natural communities, dozens of springs and miles of trails.
On the River side: Visitors can canoe down the crystal clear river ( there is no fee to launch on this side but there is a ½ mile hike to launch area), hike or bike along one of the nature trails, or just sit and watch for the wide variety of birds and wildlife.
The picnic area features three pavilions with grills that may be rented for group outings and a playground for the youngsters.
For overnight stays, the River side has a full facility campground and 10 luxury cabins. There is also a primitive campground for use by organized groups (scouts, church groups, etc.)
The River side of the park is home to a pioneer cracker village and the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center. The center is operated by the Marion County School District in cooperation with the park and is open to the public on weekends and holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00. p.m. Admission to the Museum is $2.00 per person. Children under 6 are free. For more information please visit Silver River Museum
On the Spring side: Visitors can view the spring head from a covered viewing deck, walk along the river on the paved trails and see the ornamental gardens and Spring head. Glass bottom boat rides are offered for $9.99 + tax per person and run on the hour daily from 10 AM until 4 PM. Our concessionaire offers food at the Spring Side Restaurant 10 AM until 4:30 PM daily. There is a canoe and kayak launch located at the South East corner of the main parking lot. Rent a canoe or kayak at the park from 9 AM to 3:00 PM or bring your own. There is not a shuttle at this time for pick up and drop off at other locations. There is a $4.00 per boat launch fee if you bring your own canoe or kayak. There is no land access from the water at all along the river and in the spring head area unless you enter from the parking lot and use the boat launch to access land, fees apply.
There are two entrances to Silver Springs State Park. The entrance to the Spring Side is located on State Road 40 at 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, Florida 34488 and the entrance to the River side is located on State Road 35 at 1425 NE 58th Avenue, Ocala Fl 34470.