Ocala National Forest is a Florida tourist attraction as well as an oasis of solitude and offers a wide variety of activities.
A quick trip to the visitor center will familiarize you with the area and offers a chance to learn about on-going efforts to protect this natural habitat from deterioration.
Approximately 82 feet wide and 25 feet deep, the spring bubbles from the west bank of the Withlacoochee River. Swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear 74? (F) waters offers up glimpses into a primeval past and certified cave divers explore to their heart’s content.
Life is decidedly slower in the forest and time slips away before you get your fill of nighttime bear-watching and wild flower arrangements. This entry was posted in Florida, Florida History, Florida Nature, Florida Vacations, Ocala and tagged boat rentals, canoes, fishing, FL history, FL nature, Florida attractions, Florida National Parks, Florida vacation, kayaks, lake george, lake kerr, ocala national forest, paddle boards, paleoindians, pontton boats, salt spring recreation area, salt spring run, salt springs florida, tourist attractions, travel, vacation, welaka maritime museum, withlacoochee river on April 16, 2013 by Connie K.

If you’re interested in exploring the origins of Paleoindians and the days of mastodons and saber tooth tigers, this is the place for you. Rising deep from underneath the earth, the natural mineral spring water is laden with potassium, magnesium and sodium, giving its name to the area: salt. There is no boating or fishing allowed in the swimming pool which is lined with sidewalks and concrete walls that allow for easy access. Salt Spring, Lake George and surrounding area boat rentals are easy to find and range from paddle boards, canoes, and kayaks to power and pontoon boats. Nighttime activities are mostly limited to hot dog roasts and star gazing unless you care to venture into a nearby bar. Nearby Welaka Maritime Museum is well-known for its hand-crafted wooden boats, but time did not allow, so it is added to our “Must See on the Return Trip” list for this magical area of Florida.

Anglers also enjoy fishing the four mile long Salt Spring Run (downstream of the swimming area and marina, of course).
You will, however, find restaurants, gas stations, post office, laundry facilities and shopping in the town of Salt Springs, lest you think this might be too much wilderness for your tastes. Salt Spring vacation rentals abound, as do homes and land for sale, for those who find this area fills their soul with peace and harmony.

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