Alexander Springs Recreation Area is located in the Ocala National Forest near the beautiful, turquoise waters of Alexander Springs. With forested scenery and abundant water, the recreation area offers camping, swimming, canoeing, scuba diving (for certified divers), hiking, birding and wildlife viewing.
The Ocala National Forest, located in north central Florida, spans four counties and 383,000 acres. It is the southernmost and oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River, and protects the world's largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest.
Visitors can swim, snorkel and dive year-round in the crystalline waters of the spring. The spring is the only place in the Ocala National Forest where scuba diving is permitted, and a broad and naturally gently sloped spring pool becomes a natural water park where visitors can picnic, swim and play.
Fishing and canoeing are popular outside the swimming area. Anglers can bring a rod and reel and head down to one of the platforms along the Timucuan Trail to drop a line in Alexander Run. Visitors can rent canoes or bring their own and paddle down Alexander Run into the Alexander Springs Wilderness.
Day hikers will appreciate a short interpretive trail on a boardwalk over the spring and through the palm trees. They can also access two segments of the 1,400-mile Florida National Scenic Trail, which runs through the entire national forest.
The camping area contains four loops of campsites within an easy walk of the swimming and picnicking area. The sites are shaded with level parking pads for RVs and plenty of space for tents. No hookups are available. Restrooms have flush toilets and showers. Camping necessities and firewood are available at a small general store.
Alexander Springs is among 27 first-magnitude springs in Florida, and is by far one of the easiest for visitors to enjoy. The water is a constant 72 degrees and extraordinarily clear with a sandy bottom.
The area is subtropical, surrounded by a floodplain forest of maples, sweet gum and cabbage palms. Alligators, turtles, deer, raccoons, black bear and numerous birds make their home in the national forest.
Visitors can explore the surrounding Alexander Springs Wilderness Area. A paddle down the spring run is the best option to explore the mosaic of hardwood swamp, hardwood forest and scrub habitats and spot the animals that live there.
The Ocala National Forest is notable for its extensive off-road trail system catering to both ATV enthusiasts and Jeeps, as well as being a traditional destination for deer hunters from around Central Florida. These opportunities are available within a short drive of Alexander Springs.
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The spring head is located right in the swimming area, it’s bigger than any swim area at a spring that I have ever been too.
The sites were pretty big as well, no water or electric, but every couple sites there was a drinking water fill up station. The sites are “semiprivate” with our neighbors being able to see right though to us but it is what it is. Bathrooms were ok. We will definitely be back!
As a Full time Volunteer and NAP holder, it seems a bit much for non electric sites in a National setting. Yet the beauty of the spring is magnificent.
It was ok …
This campground is quiet, peaceful, and full of activities. The staff is friendly and helpful. There is a spring where you can swim, and kayak rental. Also, there is trails to walk.
This campground is in Ocala National Forest, which is always beautiful. The campsites are large, we fit 3 4+ person tents. This was one of the busier places I have camped in Florida. The facilities were clean and provided showers.
nice and quiet. good buffers between sites. no water or electricity hookups bathrooms are ok.
This campground is beautiful and magical. We avoided the crowds by staying on the handicap flat across from the bathroom, which was perfect and convenient for our family since we had an infant in tow. The walk to the water was manageable and the spring is clean and refreshing and really beautiful. No riff raff. Very affordable and clean.
Great campground, the sites are nicely shaded and spacious. Nice facilities as well.
There is privacy with a few shrub trees around each camp site. The bathroooms were clean and spacious. The park and springs were absolutely awesome and I would recommend this park to anyone and everyone. The only thing is there is no electric or water hook ups.