Rainbow River: K. P. Hole Park to CR 484 is a 3.6 mile trail located near Dunnellon, FL. The trail is primarily used for hiking and canoeing and is accessible year-round.
This was my first trip and I was amazed by the park. Nice trails clean and well marked. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I will go back for sure.
This is an old Florida favorite. On weekends and holidays, this spot can get pretty packed. The spring-fed water is cool and clear and keeps you moving down the river at a leisurely pace. I recommend tubing with family and friends. It's a great way to spend an afternoon.
It doesn't get better than this for a hot day lazy river. Spring fed crystal clear waters stay at a constant 74*, and flow just enough to get you moving down stream. Excellent for kayaking, tubing, snorkeling and canoeing.
People live along the shores of the river, and it's usually packed in the summertime, so don't expect any privacy... you will definitely be sharing the waterway.
Don't forget the sunscreen!
I just did this trip on March 20, 2012 and posted geotagged photos on Picasa Web Albums: https://picasaweb.google.com/jandbrare/20120320PaddlingTheRainbowWithAndyAndRon?authuser=0&feat=directlink
We love this stretch of the rainbow river. We kayak on sit-on-top kayaks. This is a protected waterway with restrictions that will be explained at the KP Hole put in, (there are a couple of other ways to access the river. The river's source is entirely from the Rainbow Springs and the visibility underwater exceeds 300 feet. The River flows nicely, but not too intense. Often we paddle upstream from KP Hole to the State Park, but it is more fun to meander down the river into Dunnellon. Great little town with some good places to eat and drink. Moderate to Easy. If you go from the KP Hole downstream to the Withalacoochee River, allow 3 hours to 4 hours. If you paddle upstream, allow 2 hours to go to the state park and back to the KP Hole. The river is not heavily used in spring and fall, but is loaded in the summer with kayaks, boats and tubes.