SALT SPRINGS RECREATION AREA, FL

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...
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  • Be sure to reserve a site that will accommodate your equipment. The site you reserve is your site. You may not move to another site.
  • There is no cell phone coverage or internet service at Salt Springs
  • This campground has first-come, first-served sites
  • Campground gate is locked at 8 p.m. on weekends during the summer season (Apr 1 - Oct 31) and 6 p.m. during the week and in the winter (Nov 1 - Mar 31)
  • Call 352-685-2048 for the gate combination if you will be arriving late
  • Maximum 2 vehicles allowed per site; a fee will be charged for extra vehicles
  • Sites in Full Hookup Area 2 are available for long term reservations during the non-peak season (between Oct. 15 and Apr. 14); reservations greater than 21 days not available online; call 877-444-6777
  • Personal golf cars are not allowed in the Ocala National Forest; if you bring one, it must remain on its trailer
  • Click here for more information about Ocala National Forest


This facility is operated by American Land and Leisure. Comment cards are available from campground hosts or online.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

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.

Natural Features:

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.

Recreation:

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.

Facilities:

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.

Nearby Attractions:

Salt Springs is very close to Lake George, a great fishing destination.

Booking Window
Sat Jul 26 2014 - Thu Jan 22 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates
2015 Season

HKUP
Walk In: 1/1/2015 – 4/14/2015
Peak: 4/15/2015 – 10/14/2015
Walk In: 10/15/2015 – 4/14/2016

HKU2
Non Peak: 1/1/2015 – 4/14/2015
Peak: 4/15/2015 – 10/14/2015
Non Peak: 10/15/2015 – 12/31/2015

Others
Peak:1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Tue Apr 15 2014 Tue Oct 14 2014
Non Peak Wed Oct 15 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Basketball Courts
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • General Store
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Water
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
  • Boat Rentals
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Fuel Available
  • Grocery Store
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Marina
  • Pontoon Rental
  • Restaurant
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy

Special Policy Applicable to this Facility
Beginning January 1, 2014: The regular site price, including tax is $22.00 + electric fee. Discount passes do not receive reductions to electricity fees. The discount fee, including tax is $11.00 or 1/2 of the $22.00 + electric fee.

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Apr 15 2014 -
Oct 14 2014
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $20.50
STANDARD ELECTRIC $22.00
Non Peak Season
Oct 15 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $20.50
STANDARD ELECTRIC $22.00
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Dec 31 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $20.50
STANDARD ELECTRIC $22.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
29.35694, -81.73194
29°21'25"N, 81°43'55"W

Salt Springs is located 35 miles east of Ocala (I-75), 60 miles west of Daytona Beach (I-95) and 95 miles north of Orlando, Florida.

From I-75 to Ocala: Drive east on State Route 40 for about 12 miles, then turn north on County Road 314 and proceed for 18 miles. Turn north on State Highway 19 and drive for about 0.5 mile to the recreation area entrance on the right.

From I-95 east of Ormond Beach: Take SR 40 west about 40 miles to Highway 19. Turn north on Highway 19 and go about 16 miles to Salt Springs. Continue 0.5 miles to the recreation entrance on the right.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

SALT SPRINGS RECREATION AREA
13851 Hwy 19N
Ft. McCoy  FL  32134

Phone Number:

Information:  (352)685-2048