Silver Springs State Park RV & Campground Guide

Florida

One of the largest artesian springs ever discovered, it’s no wonder Silver Springs was Florida’s first tourist attraction. Take a glass-bottom boat tour, or kayak and canoe your way through the springs. The park is also the gateway to the Ocala National Forest, and it’s teaming with wildlife, birds, fish, and a variety of plants.

The weather in the area is pleasant but can be humid. The annual average high temperature in summer is around 87F, though it can get hotter, and lows can hit 58F. The temperature at the park averages 71F and the park gets a total of 51 inches of rainfall every year. The best time to visit the park is in the spring and fall.

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Weather
Spring 76 F - 86 F
Summer 90 F - 93 F
Fall 78 F - 90 F
Winter 72 F - 73 F
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Nearby Cities
Silver Springs, FL
Ocala, FL
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Silver Springs State Park

There is RV camping available at the park, with modern restrooms with flush toilets and showers. If you decide to RV camp, you can rent one from RVshare.com, where you’ll find a variety of options - one is sure to be perfect for you and your family. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you with your RV trip. You can rent an RV near your home and head to the park on a road trip, or if you’d prefer, you can fly nearer to your destination and rent an RV there. Along with camping right inside the park, you can try one of these nearby campgrounds.

Lake Waldena Resort

In the Ocala National Forest, along the shores of Lake Waldena, you can RV camp and head to the beach, go boating, go fishing, or head out for some sightseeing. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: showers, laundry, dog wash station, playground, beach and swimming area

Wilderness RV Resort

Along the shore of the Ocklawaha River in Silver Springs, Florida, the Wilderness RV Resort is wooded and secluded.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: n/a
  • Other amenities: showers, laundry, private fishing pond, pool & hot tub

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What to Do at
Silver Springs State Park

Inside Silver Springs State Park

One of the most popular activities at Silver Springs is the glass bottom boat tours. Take a ride, and see through the crystal clear water to a glimpse of the aquatic life that thrives underneath. 

There are other things to do in the park as well:

Kayaking and paddling: Explore the area by paddling the Silver River and Fort King waterway in a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard. You can even rent clear bottom kayaks for a unique experience. 

Hiking: There are many places to hike and wander through the park. You can hike on your own, or join rangers for a variety of tours, including a Garden Tour in the park.

Outside Silver Springs State Park

There is lots to do outside the park as well. From sightseeing to dining to shopping, you’re sure to find plenty of places to relax in the area!

Restaurants

Spring Side Cafe

This restaurant inside Silver Springs State Park has made-to-order sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken strips, fresh salads, and more. 

Type: American

Location: Silver Springs, FL

Braised Onion

Try fried green tomatoes...or a fried crispy onion loaf at this restaurant that serves “comfort food with attitude.” Dinner entrees include Chicken Parmigiana, a Kentucky Hot Brown Melt, New Orleans-style Shrimp & Grits, and more.

Type: Comfort food

Location: Ocala, FL

Shopping

The Mustard Seed Collection

If you’re interested in boho clothing and accessories, candles, graphic tees, and natural life-themed accessories and furnishings, pop by the Mustard Seed and grab a memento of your trip!

Location: Ocala, FL

Sightseeing

Appleton Museum of Art

It’s no wonder that an area with such beautiful landscapes and water features has an art museum that showcases even more beauty. Browse the photography, paintings, and other art forms at the museum dedicated to bringing art and people together. Prices: $10 for adults and $5 for kids

Location: Ocala, FL

Gypsy Gold Horse Farm

Ocala/Marion County has 600 thoroughbred farms that have produced 6 Kentucky Derby winners and 20 Breeders’ Cup champions. Tour Gypsy Gold farm and learn about the Gypsy Vanner horses that are raised there. Price: Tours are $25 per person

Location: Ocala, FL

This restaurant inside Silver Springs State Park has made-to-order sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken strips, fresh salads, and more.

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How to Get to
Silver Springs State Park

The park is situated between Orlando and Gainesville, which makes it a great place to visit while checking out other Florida attractions as well. The main entrance is on State Road 40, east of Ocala. The camping entrance is on State Road 35 (Baseline Rd.), south of State Road 40.

Entering Silver Springs State Park

There is an entrance fee of $2 per person. 

Visiting Silver Springs State Park is a wonderful way to experience the crystal clear waters of these special Florida springs. There are so many activities and ways to learn about the history and ecology of the area.  While you’re on your trip, don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts or send us a photo and some details at [email protected]. We may just feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!