Explore the most popular trails near Dunnellon with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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walking
1 month ago

I frequent this location quite often. It's great for exercise, as well as the occasional snapshot. Regulars in the area are super friendly.

walking
5 months ago

Paved trail great for strollers and wheelchairs. Nice views of local vegetation, birds and other wildlife. The trail head offers several informational monuments about trees and plant life. There's a wonderful bridge with great views of the waterway near the middle of the trail. Great choice for an easy walk or bike ride.

7 months ago

Nice hike for my group of 11 retired people. We should have turned around when the trail went up & up. Once we leveled off on top, a lady tripped on a stump & fell. No big injury, but we all turned around & went back. The stonehedge memorial to Priutt was the highlight. Walking in the equestrian path was not as nice as being on the hiking path. Overall, a nice hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Good for horse lovers and cyclists.

very easy walking

mountain biking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

I had been looking forward to this ride for some time. Started from the north at Gulf Junction Trailhead in Dunnellon. I covered 16 miles to Inverness Trailhead which rolls through Wallace Brooks Park; situated on Lake Henderson.
Riding south it seemed that it was mostly uphill. Only one section do I recall where I didn't have to peddle at all. Mostly flat, cascading through the landscape. There were several patches of large trees overhanging the trail blocking the direct sunlight; almost arbor tunnels. There were also long stretches of open areas where the sun beat down pretty hard. Add the heat from the blacktop and it's a lot different than riding forested dirt trails. Being paved makes it a really neat experience and easy riding.
I figured I would see quite a few people along the way. Turns out only about eight that I passed in sixteen miles. There are several access points and park areas that are connected to this trail. It winds through the back of some residential areas and commercial areas as well. Be careful to obey the STOP Signs. The trail intersects in several places where the traffic is rather busy.
I'm looking forward to covering the rest of this trail. It was casual and fun. I'm sure I'll be posting the southern section soon.

super lame for hiking. waterfalls are fake. tourists craphole

walking
Sunday, 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
Thursday, February 02, 2017

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

road biking
Sunday, December 11, 2016

Nice paved trail which follows and crosses the Rainbow River. Slight elevation change through a typical Florida swampland. The recently added bridge provides a scenic spot to watch the river, turtles, and lily pads.

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.

paddle sports
Thursday, March 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
Friday, December 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
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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.

Happy floating!

hiking
Friday, March 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.

nature trips
Sunday, August 19, 2012

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!

paddle sports
Thursday, March 29, 2012

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

paddle sports
Monday, January 23, 2012

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.

hiking
Monday, January 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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