Rainbow Springs State Park RV & Campground Guide

Florida

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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Weather
Spring 52°F – 87°F
Summer 71°F – 90°F
Fall 54° F – 88° F
Winter 46°F – 72°F
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Nearby Cities
Dunnellon, FL
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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.

Outside Rainbow Springs State Park

There’s plenty to do outside the park as well! From learning about natural landmarks to relaxing with a tasty bite to eat, once you’ve explored the park, try one of these activities. 

Restaurants

Swampy’s Bar & Grille

Delicious, relaxed Cajun fare along with burgers and fish tacos. If you arrive early to the restaurant deck, you may see the family of otters that live right on the river bank, and you’ll see plenty of tourists and locals float by on kayaks and tubes as well.

Type: Cajun

Location: Dunnellon

Blue Gator Tiki Bar & Restaurant

This beachy restaurant and bar serves up Southern-style seafood with beautiful river views. You’re likely to experience some live entertainment when you show up as well. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the fried frog legs.

Type: Seafood

Location: Dunnellon

Citrus Grill

Classic Southern breakfast food, including biscuits and gravy...delicious sandwiches...and dinners including hush puppies, liver & onions, and voo-doo chicken.

Type: Southern

Location: Dunnellon

Shopping

Grumbles House Antiques & Garden Shop

The Grumbles House was once a prominent family home on the edge of town at the turn of the 1900s. It’s now a place to browse antiques, gifts, home decor, and handmade items in the 10-room, two-story house. There’s also plenty of garden decor in the courtyard, along with a bubbling fountain, brick walkway, and a selection of beautiful, healthy plants.

Location: Dunnellon

Sightseeing

Blue Run of Dunnellon Park

This park provides walking and birding trails, a 3-acre pond, and access to the Rainbow River for kayaking and tubing.

Location: Dunnellon

KP Hole Park

Float on the 72°F crystal-clear river and see alligators, turtles, otters, birds, and fish. You can also tube the “Rainbow River Classic,” which is about four hours of fun!

Location: Dunnellon

Nature Coast Manatee Tours

Swim with manatees! You’ll be taken to Homosassa or Crystal River, where the captain will drop anchor and you can swim. On the way back, look for dolphins or monkeys on monkey island. Tours include cold or hot beverages and food, and are heated during winter months.

Location: Homosassa

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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.

Entrance Fee : $2

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