Rainbow Springs State Park RV & Campground Guide


People have flocked to Rainbow Springs for more than 10,000 years, drawn by its lush greenery and pristine sapphire-blue waters. Native  peoples regularly visited the spring, and today visitors can see ornamental gardens, man-made waterfalls, and verdant, sloping hills from when it was a privately-owned tourist attraction. 

The weather at the park is warm, although not as hot as it can get in other areas of Florida. The average high in summer months is just at 90°F, and in the frigid days of winter, the January low is a very manageable 46°F. July is the rainiest month, with an average of 13 days of precipitation.

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Spring 52°F – 87°F
Summer 71°F – 90°F
Fall 54° F – 88° F
Winter 46°F – 72°F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Rainbow Springs State Park

Camping is available at the state park campground, along the Rainbow River a few miles from the day use area. All sites have full hookups, and there is a dump station. Pets are allowed in the campground area, but not in much of the park. If you choose to rent an RV, consider renting with RVshare. Each rental vehicle comes with nationwide insurance coverage, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a dedicated team that will work to make sure you have the perfect RV for your travel plans and unique needs.   

There are also several nearby campgrounds where you can stay while you visit the park:

Quail Roost RV Campground

This Citrus County RV park is geared towards older folks who appreciate a quiet atmosphere with plenty of activities. The park is a short drive from Crystal River, Kings Bay, and the Rainbow Springs River. Make it your base camp to explore those spots, or spend a day by the pool or participating in one of the classes or activities available at the campground!

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes 

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wi-Fi: yes

  • Pet friendly: n/a

  • Other amenities: pool, laundry, showers, planned activities

Goethe Trailhead Campground

Relax in the fresh country air and enjoy a day at this horse-and-pet-friendly campground. 

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wi-Fi: yes

  • Pet friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: horse accommodations, pool, showers

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What to Do at
Rainbow Springs State Park

Inside Rainbow Springs State Park

There are a number of things to do at Rainbow Springs State Park. 

Birding: Rainbow Springs is a wonderful birding area and is park of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. You may see woodpeckers, wading birds, hawks, songbirds, and owls, along with other feathered friends. 

Paddling: Get a close-up view of Florida’s famed moss-covered cypress trees, and float by river otters and wading birds as you paddle the beautiful blue spring waters. 

Gardens: Gardens and waterfalls remain from when the park was part of a private attraction. The gardens are especially known for their pink, purple, and white azalea blooms every spring. 

Geocaching: Find coordinates and hints at geocaching.com, then search the park for hidden caches. Geocaching is the perfect activity for the whole family and gets everyone out running around searching for treasures. 

Hiking: The park offers leisurely strolls through the gardens, with benches for visitors to relax and rest while taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the area. A native garden that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds is behind the cultural gardens, and a separate nature trail heads behind the gardens to river and phosphate pit overlooks.

Snorkeling: Guests can snorkel in the headsprings of the Rainbow River. 

Swimming: The natural swimming area is between 5-18 feet deep, and the water temperature averages 72°F year-round. Inflatables such as rafts, tubes, and balls are not allowed, but swimmers may wear life preservers or use noodles. 

Tubing: Tubing is not allowed in the headsprings area of the park, but there is a separate tubing entrance, with shuttle service. Guests can bring their own tubes or rent one there. The float trip takes about two hours to complete.

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How to Get to
Rainbow Springs State Park

To get to the Headsprings Entrance: Take I-75 to State Rd. 40 west, which dead ends at U.S. 41. Turn left. The park is on the left.

To get to the campground entrance: Head 3.1 miles south of State Rd. 40, or 2.3 miles north of County Rd. 484.

To get to the tubing entrance: Head 4.5 miles south of State Rd. 40, or 0.9 miles north of County Rd. 484.

The address is 19158 SW 81st Place Rd., Dunnellon, FL.

Entering Rainbow Springs State Park

There is an entrance fee of $2 per person, with additional fees if you’re planning to rent tubes or use the tubing shuttle.

Rainbow Springs State Park Entrance Fee : $2.0

Camping with friends and family is a wonderful way to make memories that are sure to last a lifetime! Renting an RV with RVshare takes a lot of stress off of you and makes the trip easier to plan. Whether you choose to rent an RV near your home and drive, or fly into Florida and rent an RV, you’re sure to have a trip you won’t soon forget! We would love to see pictures of your travels - be sure to send us photos of your trip to [email protected] and tag us on social media. Your memories could be featured on our blog, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page!

Frequently Asked Questions About Rainbow Springs State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Rainbow Springs State Park?

The best time of year to visit Rainbow Springs State Park is in the springtime. The weather is typically milder, and the flowers are in bloom. The crowds pick up later in the year.

What is the climate of Rainbow Springs State Park?

The climate of Rainbow Springs State Park is subtropical. The average temperature is 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The park experiences a wet season from May to October and a dry season from November to April.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Rainbow Springs State Park?

Rainbow Springs State Park offers RV camping with electrical hookups in amps up to 50 amps. There are sewer hookups, a dump station, showers, restrooms, and laundry facilities. The maximum RV length is 103 feet.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Rainbow Springs State Park and what is the cost?

RV spots can be reserved for a small fee of about $30 typically but are subject to your specific RV size and the campground selected. Reservations for RV camping at Rainbow Springs State Park can be done online or by phone.

Is Rainbow Springs State Park accessible for disabled visitors?

The park offers a variety of accessible features, including wheelchair-accessible picnic tables, fishing piers, and restroom facilities. In addition, the park provides complimentary mobility equipment, such as wheelchairs and walkers.