Salt Springs Recreation Area is one the recreational jewels of the Ocala National Forest, with a spectacular natural mineral spring that gives the area its name. Plenty of outdoor activities keep campers and day-use visitors busy, including swimming in the springs, fishing, snorkeling, hiking and boating. Salt Springs is located between the St. Johns and Ocklawaha Rivers, 35 miles east of Ocala, Florida.
The national forest 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.
The natural springs, nearby Lake George and many surrounding rivers and streams provide ample opportunity for water recreation. Anglers can try a good fishing spot on Salt Springs Run, downstream of the swimming area, boat ramp and marina. Boat rentals are nearby.
For those who wish to explore on land, the facility has basketball courts and a horseshoe pit. Hikers have easy access to the Bear Swamp Trail and a segment of the 1,400-mile Florida National Scenic Trail.
Salt Springs is the largest campground in the Ocala National Forest and the only one with full hookups for RVs. The facility offers spacious campsites for RVs and trailers, as well as a designated tent-only area, which is a short walk from the parking area. Sites are nicely shaded and well away from the busy day-use area.
The recreation area and campground are located in the community of Salt Springs, which has a gas station, grocery store, several restaurants, bait and tackle shops, a post office, laundromat and visitor center.
The semi-tropical region gives the campground a mixture of pines and palms, with lush greenery and warm temperatures. Within the recreation area, a natural spring rises from cracks deep within the earth. The presence of potassium, magnesium and sodium salts give the waters a slight salinity - hence the name Salt Springs.
Salt Springs is very close to Lake George, a great fishing destination.
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We have camped here two times and I’ve enjoyed it both times. The camp sites have no privacy though. The springs are amazing and are highly recommended. The fish swim all around and aren’t scared of swimmers. The springs have several deep caverns. We saw a blue crab crawling up from one of them.
The bathrooms were a mess on our second visit, but still was due to one of the large groups.
We have camped here twice. Once with kids and once without. The spaces are close together without much vegetation. The bathrooms leave much to be desired. There is a ROBUST raccoon population as well. The springs are refreshing to swim in and the kids loved swimming there.
This is a great campground. The bath houses are spaced out well and nicely maintained . Very quiet. I do recommend reservations since the walk up spots fill up fast. We’ll be back!
Grew up camping here as a kid, I would recommend the primitive over the RV spots. The people are more friendly on that side! Other than that it’s clean nicely laid out and the staff is friendly.
Clean and well thought out rr's. We were in 51 with trees out our windows for a view. H20,elec.,and sewer.good boat ramp for lake. We will be back!
We went camping here with two small kids, one of the sites closest to the springs, just a short walk. The campsite was much bigger than I expected. There were other people near by, but very quiet night. The bathrooms were pretty clean and within decent walking distance. Check in was a breeze. We would definitely return!
Perfect for a quick weekend “glamp” when it’s the hot summer season. The roads in the grounds are nicely paved and plenty of parking afforded near the springs. Staff are very friendly and the ticket building has everything you forgot and more. The camping area is open, there is no privacy in your own site, but even the sites furthest from the restrooms aren’t too far to walk, and they are clean and well-stocked.
The springs are a beautiful 72°, always, Lots of bicycles on the campground, clean showers, decent size camping lots, Very quiet and relaxing. Not much nearby (probably at least 30 mins to “civilization“ ie, eating out although there are a few local places. Nice shade. Well staffed. Manatees right outside the springs swimming area. Very cool to see these massive marine mammals so close.
wide open camping area, no buffers between people. but full hook ups and decent bathrooms.
Plenty of shade thru the park. Beautiful swimming area. Full hookups, camp store, very nice camp host, grills at campsites and plenty of sitting at the spring