Salt Springs Recreation Area

In the northern part of the Ocala National Forest, Salt Springs Recreation Area is considered one of the national forest's jewels. The area offers a lush, semi-tropical environment and a natural spring. The presence of potassium, magnesium and sodium salts give the waters in the spring a slight salinity. Hence the name Salt Springs.

The Salt Springs Visitor Center is tucked into a shopping center at the corner of SR 316 and SR 19 in Salt Springs, adjacent to the Encore RV resort.

Stop in for detailed information about recreation in the forest, including maps, brochures, and friendly individuals who can help you with trip planning. They also offer guidebooks and field guides for sale. The regulations of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission for freshwater fishing and boating apply along Salt Springs Run. Fishing and boating are NOT permitted in the swimming area.

Canoe rentals are available at the Salt Springs Marina.

Water fountains and flush toilets are available. 

Policies and fees are subject to change. For more information on the Ocala National Forest pet policy please call the Lake George District Ranger Office at 352-625-2520.

  • Pet Friendly


13851 N Highway 19
Salt Springs, Florida 34470

Phone: (352) 685-2048