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Thursday, July 30, 2015

List: A guide to springs in and around Marion County

Published July 30, 2015
Alexander Springs
49525 County Road 445, Altoona in the Ocala Nation Forest. From Ocala, head east on State Road 40. Once in Astor, look for signs
Contact: (352) 669-3522

Juniper Springs
26695 E. State Road 40, Silver Springs

While there, take the Juniper Springs Nature Trail to Fern Hammock Springs, where you'll see the springs bubbling up. You can't swim there, but it's fun to watch. There also is Juniper Run for kayaking and canoeing.
Contact: (352) 625-3147

Salt Springs
14151 N. State Road 19, Salt Springs
The National Forest Service calls Salt Springs one of the "recreational jewels" of the Ocala National Forest. It is located near the intersection of County Road 314 and State Road 19.
Contact: (352) 685-2048

Silver Glen Springs
5271 State Road 19, Salt Springs
Silver Glen Springs is located along State Road 19, six miles north of State Road 40.
Contact: (352) 685-2799

Rainbow Springs (State Park)
19158 SW 81st Place Road, Dunnellon
With its entrance off U.S. 41 north of Dunnellon.
Contact: (352)465-8555

K.P. Hole
9435 SW 190th Ave. Road, Dunnellon

Though not on a spring itself, K.P. Hole is just down river from the Rainbow Springs headsprings and, thus, offers a brisk dip. The Marion County park offers swimming as well as a launch for tubing and canoeing
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