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Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park)

Ocala, Florida


1425 NE 58th Ave
Ocala, Florida 34470
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Sites: 69
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 29.20106
Longitude: -82.05317

Elevation: 64' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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110 Reviews

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Review Count: 239
States Visited: 44
Helpful Reviews: 60

Date of Stay: May, 2019 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Rate was for Florida Senior Resident. Site was gravel/hardpack, pull through, FHU with 50 amp. Not all sites have sewer. There is a lot of space between sites. We had good Verizon cell and data reception. We had reception from 2 of 3 DishTV satellites, but only because we positioned the motorhome so the rooftop dish could peek through the trees. The campground was quiet at night. We stayed for three nights and would stay here again. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We enjoyed the glass bottom boat tour. We also enjoyed renting kayaks (2 hours) and paddling the river. We spotted several of the resident Rhesus monkeys.

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: May, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We had a lovely time at Silver Springs. The sites are generally quite large, and well-spaced out; plenty of room. Plenty of trails -- both paved & not -- for hiking & biking. The springs' glass-bottom boat ride was well worth taking. Bathrooms were clean & well-maintained. We even had full hookups at our site; there are a few of them at this campground. Yet another quality Florida state park. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
032
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 97
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

We had a roomy W/E back-in site on gravel/sand with plenty of vegetation for visual privacy from other nearby campsites. We managed excellent Dish-TV reception by moving our dish around to peek thru the trees. Adjacent to the camping area is a museum and a replica of an old Florida cow camp with several log cabin examples that is open to the public when school is not in session. The spring and the surrounding gardens made for a great afternoon visit with a fun glass bottom boat tour followed by a stop at the ice cream shop. Your camping pass entitles you to launch a canoe or kayak at the commercial kayak operation on the Silver River for no charge. Near the end of the river where it empties into the Ocklawaha is Ray Wayside Park which makes a good take out point after about 6 miles of scenic river touring. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Always one of our favorites. Very large, well maintained site with full-hookups (only 14 or so of the sites have sewer). Easy to navigate, quiet, clean. Easily accommodate the largest of rigs. Lots to do in the park, which includes the Silver Springs attraction. There was a controlled burn while we were there but it was no impact to us. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
32
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Go to the old Silver Springs attraction. The glass bottom boat ride is well worth it. Take the extended (90 minute) version and you'll probably see the monkeys. We also did a 2 hour kayak session...saw more monkeys.

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Review Count: 130
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 75

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We usually try to stay at least two weeks in this wonderful park every visit to Florida. Some really nice, large sites, some of which are full hookups, some truly beautiful walking trails, but the main attraction to this park is the incredible springs and river. Easily some of the best paddling in freshwater anywhere in Florida. If you don't own kayaks, do yourself a favor and rent them here. Super clear water allows for great views of the fish, gators, and manatees. Book well in advance if you want a full hookup site. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
48
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: December, 2018 - $123.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in cabin #10. Liked this location because it's at the end of the row and secluded. Cabin was very clean although there was a strong odor of flowery fragrance from cleaning materials in the kitchen. 2 good sized bedrooms 1 has queen bed and other 2 twins. Gas fireplace but doesn't let out a lot of heat because it's glass enclosed also on a timer. There is central air and heat in cabin. Bedding is provided as well as linens. Very basic kitchen stuff. Has a dishwasher and microwave. Says cabin will fit 6 but only items for 4 provided. Bring extra if more people. We could see have a family gathering here easily.We hiked 2 trails-River Trail and Sinkhole trail both were easy hikes, River trail was wet from recent rain. During week not much going on but weekends are busy with the museum and activities. We went to Silver Springs one day which is included in camp fee, check in and get your receipt before going over. It does not include glass bottom boat tour though. Restrooms and playground in park very clean. Staff was pleasant. Not far from restaurants and Walmart if supplies needed. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Cabin.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Cabin 10
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Silver Springs next door admission is $2 person free if camping. Glass bottom boat tour $11.95 person. Not much else to do there in winter. We hiked there one trail but didn't see the monkeys. Kayaking is available.

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Review Count: 253
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice location. Huge site. Rangers/ staff keep all sites spiffy. Sewer on some sites. Portable dish may see out between the trees Antenna pretty useless. All restaurants/stores very close on RT 40. Short drive to spring to walk the grounds. Very very good ice cream at the concession. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

This is a really nice state park. Check in was easy and the staff friendly and helpful. Interior roads paved and easy to navigate. Our site was a pull through and was very long and wide and required only a little leveling.. Lots of space between sites with trees and brush for shade and some privacy. Each site cleaned by camp hosts before they let the next camper in. Restrooms were kept clean and though they are not airconditioned they do have ceiling fans. Water and electric well placed and no issues. Several OTA channels available. We would stay here again if in the area. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

While staying here be sure to go over to Silver Springs and go on the glass bottom boats. Also rent a kayak or canoe and do some exploring on the river. There is a small cafe with good burgers and sandwhiches and an ice cream shop inside Silver Springs. This is the old Florida adventure before Disney and Universal.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We were lucky to find this park on our way to southern Florida. The campground is about a mile from the road so there's no road noise. Sites were mostly level. Everything worked fine and interior roads were easy to navigate. Lots of trees but we were able to get a satellite signal. Good walking and biking trails. Nice quiet place. We would stay here again. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take a canoe or kayak trip at Silver Springs. We saw 5 alligators! The trails in the park are great for walking, okay for biking but they are all dirt/sand trails.

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Review Count: 219
States Visited: 55
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

The Florida state parks are some of the best in the country. Most have a lot of trees and large sites. This is a two park system. The state took over the park on Route 50. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The glass bottom boat is a good value. The rv park is not the one on Route 50. It is west of the state park that is on 50. However they are both part of the same park system.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice campground. Sites were all Spacious. Fire pits. Bbq grills. Graveled and most sites had fair amount of trees. Restrooms were very clean. Paved road and level sites. Only downfall I can mention is lack of swimming facilities. You aren't allowed to swim in the springs and there is not a swimming pool We will come back here but not during the summer months. Way to hot When my husband was riding his bike thru one of the trials he encountered a few monkeys. The big one started hissing and chasing him down. He got out of there and we told the rangers. They went looking for. the monkey Hopefully find it before someone gets hurt We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

This is truly a great florida gem. Will stay here again. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

What a wonderful, delightful hidden gem! We had site #36. It had water & electric (the utility hook-ups looked to be brand new!), but not sewer hook-up (typical for most FL state parks). There are a few that have sewer, they just weren't available when we were there. Dump station is convenient, easy in & out with 2 sewer areas available. There's also water to flush or clean up. Our site was level, wide, and deep with tightly packed gravel. Plenty of room to accommodate our 32ft. trailer and a large tent next to it, as well as 2 large vehicles. There was a picnic table, fire ring AND a separate free-standing grill. Lots and lots of room between sites with foliage/trees all around, making it very private and roomy. Restrooms/showers were clean and nice, an easy walk from most any site. The showers had good water pressure, lots of hot water and the door to the shower area even locks for privacy (instead of the usual curtain). Good cell phone signal for calls & internet (AT&T). Only about 6 channels over the antenna. Very pet friendly with several doggie poop bag stations around. There's hiking paths in the area too. The ranger station/check-in staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The actual entrance to the Springs park isn't far but it's on hwy 40 so you have to drive to it; entry is included with your camping fee. The camping fee is reasonable at approx $28.87 per night (3 nights=$72.00+$6.70 reserve fee+$7.92 tax= $86.62 total for 3 nights). I love this park and the campgrounds! We will definitely be back again and again. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

You have to check out Silver Springs State Park! Do the famous glass bottom boat tour (only $11). It's worth it! You can kayak (bring your own or rent theirs) and enjoy the crystal clear waters and scenery in this lovely park. Take a walk around the beautiful grounds too. There's a gift shop, ice cream shop, and coffee shop there too. You can bring your dog on a leash to walk the grounds or in a kayak if your want; they just aren't allowed on the glass bottom boat tours. Outside the park, there's lots of restaurants and stores nearby. Just head west on Hwy 40 and you'll find the WalMart as well as lots of fast food and sit-down restaurants.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Entrance is not at Silver Springs State Park but at the campground entrance 1 1/2 miles south on rte 35. Sites are huge and spotless. The sewer connections far back, but more than enough room to position so it is not a problem. Quiet and peaceful. This the epitomy of camping and the price can't be beat. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
058
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 102
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Not very many full hookup sites (12 out of 30) but nice when you can get one during a longer stay. Each site is very large, with lots of space between you and your neighbor. Being a dedicated campground, it is separate from the very busy day use area that has the kayak ramp and glass bottom boats at the headspring. Cuts down on the traffic, keeping it quiet and peaceful. Will return again, and again. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Kayak launch is free to registered campers. Kayaking is beautiful on the clear spring river.

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