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Silver Springs State Park – Glass Bottom Boat Tours

April 11, 2020 by Corey A Edwards

Alligator basking at Silver Springs State ParkSilver Springs State Park is well known for its natural springs, copious wildlife, glass-bottomed boats, and more. This popular and famous outdoor destination has been attracting visitors since the 1820’s and is only an hour’s drive of our North Florida inn, Hampton Lake Bed and Breakfast.

Silver Springs State Park, previously Silver River State Park, opened to the public in 1987 but has been a tourist attraction, some say Florida’s first, since the 1800’s. Even the park’s most famous feature – glass bottomed boat tours – is over 100 years old, having first been offered in 1870! In fact, Silver Springs is the birthplace of glass bottomed boats.

Silver Springs State Park is located on the Silver River, just west of Ocala National Forest. The 4,000-acre park includes the entire 5-mile Silver River and the sandhill forest that surrounds it.

The park now promotes its vast collection of natural habitats and eco-tourism activities showcasing Silver Springs. Springsfest, one of its biggest annual events, celebrates the efforts to protect and restore all Florida springs and waterways.

Lots of things have changed since those early days but one thing remains a constant: Silver Springs’ popularity.

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Explore North Florida’s San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

December 22, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State ParkNorth Flordia’s San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is more than just a great place to hike, bike, and horseback riding. The park is the site of a historic Spanish mission, limestone sinkholes, and one of the few remaining mature forests in Florida.

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is well known for its hiking and mountain biking opportunities. In fact, the park’s 30 miles of bike trails have made it one of Florida’s top mountain biking destinations. But that’s just one tiny aspect of this amazing North Florida park.

What many visitors may not realize is that the park has a long and fascinating history – from the ground up!

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park’s unique karst geology riddles the area with hundreds of limestone pools and sinkholes. Nearby Warren’s Cave provides a dry look under the earth while all the park’s known stone pockets serve as drainage.

This unique karst topography of hills, valleys, and limestone outcrops provides ideal conditions for many species of trees and plants that you’ll not find any farther south. Bobcats, white-tailed deer, gray foxes, turkeys, and a variety of songbirds make the park their home. It’s a wonderful place to see and photograph wildlife and wildflowers.

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