Salt Springs Recreation Area is one the recreational jewels of the Ocala National Forest. The recreation area is located in the lush, semi-tropical setting of central Florida. Within the recreation area is a natural spring rising from vertical fissures (cracks) from deep within the earth. The presence of potassium, magnesium and sodium salts give the waters in the spring a slight salinity. Hence the name Salt Springs.
Fees: $5.50 per person day use fee, $6 parking fee at Salt Springs Marina,$6 dump station fee for non-campers
Camping fees: $26 per full hookup campsite per night in the Salt Springs Recreation Area campground. Sites can handle RVs. 106 sites. $18.50 for primitive campsites, no hookups. 54 tent sites. Reservations may be made by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online. Fees are subject to change without notification.
Restrictions: In the spring area, swim within marked boundaries. No lifeguards are present. The regulations of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission for freshwater fishing and boating apply along Salt Springs Run. Fishing and boating are NOT permitted in the swimming area.
Passes: Ocala National Forest Recreation Area Pass - $60 per person; good from date of purchase through end of the year. Provides entrance to our concession-managed recreation areas: Juniper Springs, Salt Springs, Alexander Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Clearwater Lake, and Wildcat Lake. Purchase at a recreation area entrance station.
Directions: From I-75 to Ocala: drive east on SR 40 for about 12 miles, then turn north on CR 314 for another 18 miles. Turn north on SR 19 for about a half mile to the recreation entrance of the left. From I-95 east of Ormond Beach: take SR 40 west over the St. Johns River through Astor. Continue to the traffic light at SR 19. Drive north to Salt Springs. Continue past the CR 314 junction for about a half mile to the recreation entrance of the left.
Operational Hours: Open 8 AM to 8 PM (hours vary by season)
Water: Potable water available
Restroom: Flush toilets and bathhouse
Permit Info: Fishing? You must have a valid Florida Freshwater Fishing License.
Closest Towns: Salt Springs Recreation Area is at the north end of the small town of Salt Springs, near the intersection of SR 19 and CR 314.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Boat ramp, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking