I had relatively low expectations of Silver Springs mostly from childhood memories of hot, humid, crowded and touristy. Well, it was a real retro experience and I'm happy to say that not much has changed and that's a good thing!
The camp ground was exceptional with lots and lots of room. The river, as pristine as ever. The tour boats were the very same vessels of my childhood memories and provided a great backdrop to the overall setting.
I think we were in spot 51 which was a pull through and probably the very largest campsite we have ever had and it dwarfed our little travel trailer but we loved it.
It pretty much rained most of the weekend but we still enjoyed our long paddle with all kinds of wildlife INCLUDING THE MONKEYS!!!
The only reason I give this park a 4 and not a 5 star is you have to drive to the kayak launch which is in the same parking lot as the access for the day guests (and there are many).
I applaud Florida State Parks for managing such a great facility in spite of all the pressure over the years. WE WILL RETURN.
Nice sites and some even have full hookups which is unusual for a Florida State Park.
Beautiful river. Crystal clear.
Enjoyed the 5.7 mile kayak paddle/float from park to Ray Wayside Park. Saw manatees, alligators, monkeys, various birds and fish. Beautiful springs and scenery. Definitely worth it. Nature abound.
This park is more than just a glass bottom boat tour. Within the park radius—> You have the “Silver Springs Attraction”, the state campground with all it’s hiking/biking trails, Silver River kayaking/paddling , a small museum and lots of history at this park. Then within an aprox 6mile radius (easy biking) you can enjoy Majorie Cross Greenway,Florida Trail, Swamp Lake trails and the state park equestrian trails. Wow! RV and tent sites -some with full hook up and really nice cabins. This was some the best kayaking up and down river….both ways were a joy to paddle. (Watch our kayaking the silver river video on our YouTube channel…resident manatees are often seen on river!!) ~We were here in a 34 foot Class A with only 2 bikes and 2 kayaks~ Happy Camping www.travylcouple.com
Nice quiet area. Lots of history! Restrooms and showers are in nice condition. Washers and dryers as well. Park staff are all very nice as was the campground host.
Lots of Floridas natural beauty but it felt like the camp sites were a bit close together. Very few full hookups most with electricity and water only. Probably won't stay here again
Went here with a group of women campers. We had about 30 total. The screened in porches on the cabins were so big we were able to have a potluck altogether on one porch. Once a month, there’s a volunteer-led tour of the Cracker Village and drumming. The museum was well worth the $2 donation. The hiking trails are well-marked and in good condition. The glass bottom boat tour was a blast. Great facility, great weekend.
Silver springs campground really nice extremely large campsite area is nice fire rings But we wanted to see the monkeys so we brought kayaks with us and went out on the river and got a photo of a rhesus monkey
love the nature and plenty of options for exploring