During the winter months, state parks in Florida book up fast. It’s no surprise that Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, Florida was no different and we were only able to snag a one week stay here, likely because this park is amazing! We had a TON of space in between our campsite and our neighbors. Our site was a back-in and was absolutely huge, featuring a fire pit and picnic table and basically, it’s own driveway.
One of the best perks about this campground is the easy access to the amazing walking trails to the river. Every morning we would spend an hour or so exploring the park and all the amazing nature in the area. Silver Springs State Park has a wild troop of Rhesus Monkeys! We tried our best to catch a glimpse of these guys, but never ended up seeing them. We did, however, see several white-tailed deer and Aaron had a wild pig run across the path in front of him one morning!
There are no sewer hookups, but we did have water and electric which is pretty standard, we’ve found, when it comes to state parks. You’re trading the extra amenities for the proximity to nature. The bathrooms were large and very clean, including the showers.
Since we only had a week in the area, we couldn’t explore as thoroughly as we would have liked. We do recommend driving about 45 minutes north to snorkel in the Devil’s Den Prehistoric Spring. We wish we could have stayed longer, but will definitely put it back on our list when we come back to Florida in the future.
Name: Silver Springs State Park
Location: 1425 NE 58th Avenue, Ocala FL 34470 (Make sure you choose the camping entrance and not the main entrance on Google Maps)
Campground Notes: Partial hookups- no sewer.
Dog-friendly: Yes, we were able to walk the dog around the full loop of the park and in the walking trails
Rates: $193.18 for one week
We completely dropped the ball and didn’t run any of our tests for our internet devices while staying here. There is no camp wifi, but we had plenty of bandwidth on both our T-Mobile and AT&T connections to be able to work, upload videos, and stream Netflix without issues.