FL - Silver River Park

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  1. zeebees

    zeebees New Member

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    11 more days and we are off on our 1st camping trip for this year. This is our first time at Silver River but I have read good things about the park. And we are planning on going swimming at Juniper or Alexander Springs. I was wondering if anyone can tells us which springs is best for our group. We are 5 families and we have about 10 teenager children. I was also wondering can anyone tell me how private this sites are?

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    We just got back from the camping trip to Silver River in Ocala. The trails for bike riding were great. But the ticks, fleas and all biting bugs were horrible. Also 2 showers stalls and 3 bathroom stalls for 2 camping loops. (men only had 2 of each) Tried going at all different times to take a shower and always had to wait in line. Also the 4 days we were there they never picked up the garbage bins by the time we left the garbage bags were sitting outside of the bins. And they had a bear that a couple of nights before had broken into a camper's outside fridge so I was not to happy about the trash just sitting there attracting the bears. Also they have a pretty good museum but it is only open on weekends. We went to Juniper Springs the water was freezing but worth the trip. So far our favorite spot is still Fort De Soto Park.

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    I wish I had started to read this forum earlier. Alexander Springs is much better for families, there is actually a beach, plus snorkeling is great there-we swam with an otter there before. The sprins are cold-they remain at 72 degrees year round. Another great place for the family is Salt Springs as it also has a beach-Pay for a tent site, however, as it is cheaper then paying the daily fees. Bummed to hear about Silver River, we live in Ocala and have driven through, the sites looked great so it is disappointing to hear that the facilities weren't great.

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    I've never camped there, but I have family that lives within a few miles of the parks you mentioned. I've spent many vacations "Spring Hopping." Ask a park official about a "Hopper Pass." For one low fee you can visit all the area springs.

    Juniper: walked thru the park and thought it looked like a beautiful place to camp. The spring is walled-in creating a "pool" that flows over into a run. There is a deep-end for diving, but no beach area. You have to climb steps to enter the water. You can canoe the run; however, it is seven miles through the Ocala National Forest (the wildlife includes gators).

    Alexander: this is my DD's fave (and she relates to the 10 teens you mentioned). Large open body of water with a beach. Opens up into the river which you can canoe. The spring head is deep and wide-open for exploration. We were there in March, 06, and an algae eating tropical fish that is commonly sold in pet stores for aquariums (plecostemus?) has schooled in the area. They are not native to the waters and the local biologists are watching them carefully to find out what kind of impact they are having on the eco-system. So far, all's good. They've gotten slightly comfortable with human activity, and let my DD and her friend swim closely, but not too close. It was exciting. I, too, hightly recommend this spring as your family vacation destination.

    Salt Springs: totally unique. I believe there are seven spring openings. There are blue crabs everywhere. This one has a beach and lots of shallow spots. It opens up directly to the St. Johns River.

    Silver Glen: Another large body of water with a small beach. There is a short link between the swimming area and the St. Johns River. Manatee are known to frequent the area.

    Two others nearby are De Leon Springs and Blue Springs. All the springs are unique and interesting in their own way. Once you experience one, you'll want to see them all.

    And Silver Springs is a nice park/zoo to visit. You can get a combo ticket which will get you into the Wild Waters waterpark next door. Its a nice waterpark -- not touristy. Lots of locals. Have fun!

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    Thanks for all your comments will save them for our next camping trip. Wish we had more time off because it is truly very relaxing.

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    Hey there Zeesbees, we just got back from our first time at silver river. Yeah, there are not that many showers, could use more, but never had to stand in line at all. What garbage bins??? I just put all of my trash into the big green dumpster by the bath house??? I didn't see any bins. Were they at the campsites?? maybe they got rid of them and now just use the dumpster. There were ticks, but with the really warm winters we've had the last two years, that pretty well expected. I spray us down with OFF and it really helps with keeping them off of you.

    sorry your trip wasn't up to par, especially as we've all had those horrible trips one weekend and great ones the next.

    See you in the wild.

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