As the sun shines, rainbows play across the bottom of the crystal-clear spring basin at Silver Glen Springs, a beauty spot along the edge of the Big Scrub of the Ocala National Forest, with a spring run that pours out into Lake George, the largest of the St. Johns River Chain of Lakes, north of Astor. Both a popular day use recreation area and an important archaeological site, Silver Glen Springs showcases the delicate balance necessary between enjoyment of the outdoors and preservation of irreplaceable resources.
- $5.50 per person.
- Snorkeling permitted, no SCUBA
Passes: Ocala National Forest
- $16 canoe rental/2 hours
- $24 canoe rental/4 hours
- $38 canoe rental/day
- (+$20 deposit for canoe use)
- If you bring your own canoe/kayak,launching is free.
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.
Silver Glen Springs is located 6 miles north of SR 40 along SR 19 along the eastern edge of the Ocala National Forest. The recreation area entrance is directly across from the Yearling Trail
trailhead and lies north of the Juniper Wayside area. From Interstate 75 in Ocala or Interstate 95 in Ormond Beach
, follow SR 40 into the Ocala National Forest to its intersection with SR 19 at traffic light east of Juniper Springs and west of Astor Park. Drive north on SR 19 for 6 miles to the recreation area entrance on the right.
This recreation area is especially busy on summer weekends. There are changing facilities near the parking area but no flush toilets, due to the sensitive nature of the cultural heritage and geology of this area.
Open 8 AM to 8 PM (hours vary by season)
Drinking water available
Portable toilets only
The parking area is closed when full.
No diving or SCUBA diving permitted. Boats must stay out of swimming area.
Interpretive Site, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Nearest grocery / gas stations: Astor, 14 miles southeast via SR 19 and SR 40. Salt Springs, 10 miles north via SR 19.