Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park)

Ocala, Florida



Ocala, Florida
Phone: (352) 236-7148

Sites: 69
Recent Rate: $12 6/2016

Latitude: 29.2010600160251
Longitude: -82.0531725883484

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $1.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 1.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • T-Mobile Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers T-Mobile
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

61 Reviews

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Review Count: 142
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed here before and always enjoy returning because of the beautiful setting and of course, the Silver River with all it's beauty and activities. Park was still under construction for sewer installation at some sites which prevented reservations in advance but we had no difficulty obtaining a walk up site for a 12 day stay. Park was sparsely populated for the most part with a few more campers showing up on weekends. Many over the air digital TV signals available, cell coverage is very good also. No W-Fi in the park but our MiFi card worked fine here. 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
43
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
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
No

Campground Details

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

Plenty of activities available in and around the park with numerous stores and restaurants nearby in Silver Springs and also Ocala.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed for 6 nights. The RV park is about 2 miles away from the Silver Springs main entrance. The rangers and work campers are all very nice. The only negative things about our stay were THE TICKS!!! The park is infested with them! The rangers should warn people about them, as they can carry Lyme disease! My wife burned one off my back and I forgot one day to spray OFF on my legs and socks and pulled 4 off me in like 10 min. You must spray your legs and socks with OFF to keep them away! Also we wanted to go on a guided hike with a ranger they advertised on Sat. We showed up at 8 AM but no ranger and no hike! You should have a filter for your drinking water as it has a strange taste without it. It is a good place for day trips to other attractions in the area. Lots of stores near by. We felt safe and never had any problems other than those 2 things. 30% of the sites now have full hook ups. The rest are water and electric only. 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
22
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Ocala National Forest is very close, They have nice swimming in the springs in the summer. They also have a rifle range. Good day trips that we enjoyed. Free admission to Silver Springs Park. You cannot swim at Silver Springs. They have glass bottom boats and a nice park and shopping area to spend a day.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

The state is making massive improvements to the park and it will undoubtedly be the top park in FL soon. We stayed in a handicapped site with a paved path to the bathrooms. The shower had 2 heat lamps, 2 shower heads (one handheld, the other fixed), a nice bench and handrails. It's the nicest handicap restroom/shower I've seen in a campground. There was also a nice sink for doing dishes. Tons of trails around the park. Sewer hookups are being installed. The sites are gigantic and very private!!! Currently the sites are first come first serve for reservations, but there were many empty sites. A controlled burn was done near the Sharps Ferry sites so the sites should look great by summer. 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
20
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

The pass gets you free parking at Silver Springs. Be sure to do the glass bottom boat tour!

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful Florida State Park campgound with large sites with 30 amp and water service (there are a few 50 amp sites). Currently undergoing a big renovation with lots of dust and construction equipment nearby.

Sites are private and heavily wooded. Satellite service would be impossible.

New kayak launch with easy access to the Silver Spring River. It's a spectacular river with lots of wildlife including monkeys. 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
55
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to go kayaking. Rentals and shuttle available. It's one of the prettiest and natural rivers in Florida.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice pull through and back in sites. The sites in the middle of the camping loops had the longest pull throughs, definitely big rig friendly. We were in site 15 which was mostly shaded and no view of the sky for satellite. Good reception for both cell phones and air card though. Ladies bathroom in our loop had two shower stalls with bench, hooks and plenty of hot water. Although I'd rate the facilities as good, the heat lamps were ineffective during a cold snap. Campground was dark and quiet at night with decent space between sites. We had a full day of heavy rain and the roads and sites drained very well with no standing water. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Review Count: 73
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Like most Florida state parks we've seen, this one was outstanding. Easy pull thru sites are quiet, have water and electric, and are near the glass bottom boat attraction. We will stop here again on our way to our winter stop further south. 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
15
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 142
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

A beautiful park in a wonderful setting. Very quiet spot convenient to the Silver River and Silver Springs. Sites are well laid out and most are pull-through. Our MIFI card and digital TV antenna worked well here. Rate reflects senior discount for Florida residents. We would definitely return in the future. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice state park. Great hiking/biking trails. Sites are not crowded. Easy to get in and out. We did get to see some wild monkeys and alligators but did not see any bears. Park staff was very friendly and the campground was quiet but it was not very crowded. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Our site was very easy to get into and most looked to be that way. Park is now called Silver Springs State Park and you can gain access to the attraction for free as long as you have your camping info. Glass bottom boat rides are extra. We rode our bikes out of the camping area and down to the main entrance. Unfortunately there is no place to swim but there are places to put a canoe or kayak in. Some off road bike trails but you have to be careful as many of them are either swampy or too sandy to ride. Nice cracker village and museum but they were closed during our visit. Campground was pretty full but still quiet. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice large well separated wooded pull thru sites. Good Verizon and dish network service. Clean showers and restrooms but they were not heated. Several nice wooded hiking trails that are accessible with bikes. The glass bottom boat rides are well worth the $10. Ocala shopping, entertainment and recreation is very convenient. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Wide, paved roads to campsites. Approximately, half of the sites are pull-through. No problems with setup. Be careful, because this park has two entrances. One is for the Gardens and the other is for the campground. The two entrances are about 1.5 miles apart. Campers get free admission to the Garden area, which is currently undergoing renovations as a result of the State of Florida taking the park back over. In the campground area, there are several hiking trails, a museum, large playground. I can't say enough about this park. I know we will return! We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park - 4 loops that are pretty much the same with very large campsites, many pull thrus in wooded area so sites are mostly shady, on hardpacked gravel pads. Sites are spaced far apart with trees and shrubs in between IMO the nicest sites are the pull thrus nearest to the restrooms. The best time to camp here is in the cooler months after or before rainy season. Reservations are needed for weekends. A paved pathway leads to modern bathhouses /restrooms (including 2 family /handicap units) that were kept immaculate by campground hosts. Infrared heater lamps in showers. Several nice easy walking trails within walking distance from campground. Bike trails are for experienced mountain bikers. There is a boat ramp for canoes & kayaks which can be rented at the Silver Springs attraction area. One point six (1.6) mile loop around to the spring. Silver River is a beautiful paddle with lots of wildlife like including monkeys. You can also take a ride on the historic glass bottom boats ($10). We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Sites are far apart so you are not on top of your neighbor. Heavy shade. Roads are paved, and bath houses are very clean and kept up well. Had to ask for ceiling fans to be turned on and then only on low for some reason. Plenty of wildlife (deer) in area for viewing. Museum was very nice and informative. Our site was not level but hard packed, and we could get sat TV reception. Staff were all very polite and nice but when asked a question they didn't know the answer to they made things up. Got conflicting answers from different staff members. Verizon cell service was excellent, and you are only 5-10 minutes from main food and shopping area of Ocala, but you feel isolated in park. Water pressure was low. If it had sewer it would be close to a 10. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 81
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

This is another of Florida's great state parks. It located adjacent to the Silver River and you can rent canoes. Swimming is not recomended due to the gators (not the football ones). The large sites are fairly level and are gravel. The roads are all paved and there are numerous self guided hiking trails as well as Ranger tours. Most sites are shaded and they allow tents as well as RV to share the sites. The park is adjacent to the Silver River glass bottom boats park which in September will become one huge nature park. We will come again. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great state park and would rate a 10 if there was sewer. Sites are wide, long, and easy to access. Also plenty of shade. There was a great Italian restaurant nearby, too. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

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