Native Americans visited and used these springs as long as 6,000 years ago. In the early 1800s, settlers built sugar and cotton plantations that were sacked by Seminole Indians during the Second Seminole War. By the 1880s the springs had become a winter resort, and tourists were promised "a fountain of youth impregnated with a deliciously healthy combination of soda and sulphur." The swimming area is adjacent to a beautiful, shady picnic ground. Canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals are available for a paddling tour of the spring and spring run. De Leon Springs flows into the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge where canoeists and kayakers can explore 18,000 acres of lakes, creeks and marshes. At The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant, guests can make their own pancakes at the table. This is a very popular park on weekends. To ensure entrance into the park, we recommend arriving early, otherwise, the parking area will be full and you may not be able to enter.

This trail has something for all, we hiked the complete persimmon trail and then some. The farther out you get the more overgrown and muddy it becomes. However there are some really nice areas with views as well. Many animal tracks are to be found in the mud and sandy areas. The ticks were plentiful, so I recommend anything with permethrin in it to treat your clothing and gear. It took 3 hours with an 8 year old to finish.

Height a few miles with Captain Mike. Crystal clear day not a cloud in the sky 50° can’t get much better than that.

hiking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

It's fun it's not a hard hike it's super easy. It's more for seeing gators and turtles and birds. It's free to get in but no dogs allowed since it's a bird reservation.

Magical!

hiking
Sunday, March 20, 2016

I've hiked this are a few times. I've seen bobcats, otters, nesting eagles, swallow tail kites and marsh rabbits! It's well worth the time!

birding
Monday, January 25, 2016

It was a great trail! We managed to see a pack of Sea Otters, an Alligator, and lots of birds! The trail was nice and open! One thing to mention is the site directions were totally off. The actual address to the site is 2045 Mud Lake Rd. De Leon Springs. We used the directions on the app and it took us about 10-15 mins off point to a residential part. Other than that one technical error the day was great and relaxing!! The observation tower was really nice and useful!

hiking
Monday, January 25, 2016

Great! Lots of wildlife would recommend!

paddle sports
Monday, August 03, 2015

It was awesome

hiking
Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Nice wide trail, grassy surface. Tons of wildlife. We saw birds, alligators, armadillos, and snakes. Wear long pants and bugspray because the grass on the trail gets tall in some spots. Theres a nice observation platform and riverbank to take in views.

hiking
Saturday, April 27, 2013

We hiked the 6 mile trail. Easy, flat hike. Bring water and a camera. We saw alligators, raccoons and a bazillion birds. Very scenic and uncrowded. Small Parking lot. Recommended.

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