Silver Springs – Florida’s Newest State Park

Today Silver Springs officially joins the Florida State Park system. In fact, if you go to the Florida State Park website you’ll find that the Silver River State Park is now the Silver Springs State Park. The campground, cabins, bike and hiking trails, canoe and kayaking launch and rentals, and horseback trails located at the Silver River park have joined with the former Silver Springs attraction to create an incredible state park for those interested in the natural beauty of real Florida.

The famous glass bottom boats will continue to usher guests over the headwaters of the spring, but for the first time canoes and kayaks can be launched from the spring as well.IMG_0783

On Saturday we attended a celebration at the park in which Clyde Butcher, Florida’s Ansel Adams, shared his photographs of the rivers, springs, and natural areas in north central Florida as well as his passion for the restoration and preservation of Florida’s environment. Since the event was held at the Silver River State Park museum, the guests were able to view the exhibits that chronicle the history of Silver Springs and anticipate the return of the glory days of the park now that it will be in the care of the Florida State Parks.

Best of all, the admission starting today is more affordable to both residents and tourists at $8 for a car with as many as 8 passengers or $2 for walkers or bicyclists. The park can be accessed on the State Road 40 entrance as well as the former entrance to the Silver River State Park on County Road 35. I’m looking forward to spending more time at Florida’s newest park!