Rainbow Springs Garden Walk [CLOSED]

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Rainbow Springs State Park

Rainbow Springs Garden Walk is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dunnellon, Florida and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from February until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 49 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

partially paved

closed

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

hiking
4 months ago

I very much enjoyed this adventure. One of the things I enjoy about hiking is the adventure and while this was somewhat man made I loved it.

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over grown
7 months ago

Butterfly garden was completely wiped away but the water other than that it was beautiful & breathtaking

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Mon Mar 11 2019

Actually three trails (white yellow blue). Some of this is by the river. Payoff at end is an old phosphate pit. Casual easy hiking. A controlled burn dominates much of the trail.

Sun Jun 25 2017

super lame for hiking. waterfalls are fake. tourists craphole

walking
Sun May 14 2017

Easy stroll through very pretty scenery. Nice to round it out with a swim or paddle. Definitely worth seeing the park at least once.

hiking
Thu Feb 02 2017

Nice easy trail. Not a lot of diversity for wildlife except for occasional gopher tortoise

paddle sports
Thu Mar 27 2014

Great short paddle trip...beautiful place to paddle...kayak or canoe. The main boil is very deep and is one of Florida's largest springs (4th largest I believe). You can paddle right over top of the main boil but there are also MANY smaller springs along the river as you paddle through. Crystal clear, 72 degree year round water temperature.

hiking
Fri Dec 06 2013

This is nice place to swim in the crystal clear clean water. The trail goes by some waterfalls and then through the woods. It's fine for what it is. The bugs will eat you in the summer. There are some nice views around the river.

hiking
Fri Mar 29 2013

This is a great place to explore it has a combination of dirt paved and boardwalk trails. March is the best time to come when the Azaleas are in blossom. Make sure you ask for a map when you buy your entrance ticket. Trails are well marked and easy walking. We wandered for a total of 4.09 miles between all the trails. Many places and benches to rest or just listen to nature on the trails. Stopped for a drink at the snack bar on the way out. I will go back again.

hiking
Mon Jan 23 2012

Rated this as a walk because this is mostly a paved walk, although there are nature walks that extend several miles on unpaved areas. For florida, this is a very hilly little state park. It is a nice walk, but some very steep parts. There are a few water falls (manmade) that are very natural looking. This park is at the head spring to the Rainbow River. Incredibly beautiful spring that offers kayaking and canoeing. Great birding and flowers. Especially beautiful in early spring with azaelas and other flowering plants. There is a small wild flower area. This state park costs $1 to enter. There are nice facilities and a store and snack bar. The walk distance varies but can be as long as 3 miles. Plenty of benches. Pretty busy with families on weekends. During the warm months the springs are busy with swimmers. A great variety of wildlife. Pretty tame, but beautiful.

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