Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon

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#1 of 37 in Nature in Central Florida
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Rainbow Springs State Park is a Florida state park located on U.S. 41, 3 miles (5 km) north of Dunnellon, Florida. It comprises 1,459.07 acres (5.9046 km2) upland (which includes around 100 acres (0.40 km2) of wetlands) and 12.83 acres (51,900 m2) submerged. The most significant natural feature is the first-magnitude headspring basin, which produces up to 600,000,000 US gallons (2,300,000 m3) of fresh water per day, forming the Rainbow River. The looking-glass waters of Rainbow Springs come from several vents, not one large bubbling spring. The river itself supports a wide variety of fish, wildlife, and plants, many within easy viewing by visitors. In total, the park contains 11 distinct natural communities, including sandhills, flatwoods, upland mixed forests, and hydric hammocks.

Visitors are able to see a variety of wildflowers in season; oak, longleaf pines, magnolia, dogwood, red maple, redbud, cypress, sabal, and hickory trees; gray squirrels, red-shouldered hawks, swallowtail kites, barred owls, whitetail deer, and a wide variety of wading birds. The relative peace and quiet of the winter season offers much for the nature enthusiast. An interpretive room located in the visitor center displays the historical, natural, and cultural resources of the park.

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  • Beautiful park with large, very well kept campsites and clean facilities. We only stayed one night but two would have been better for more exploring. Great place from which to visit nearby Cedar...  more »
  • Peaceful, Excellent Staff with well maintained/clean areas. It's a "hit/miss" on the time you get there due to the Covid Virus. Truthfully I don't know how many people are allowed in at this time. If....  more »
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  • Rainbow Springs offers such an incredible experience that my family of ~25 has chosen it as our annual reunion destination. Hundreds of springs fill the river and swimming area with the most beautiful, crystal clear waters Mother Earth has to offer. Paddle boarding down the river was a surreal, spiritual experience (don’t forget sunscreen!) that you won’t want to miss. I’ve never felt so far from the worries and stresses of the rest of the world. Enjoy!
  • My favorite river/spring in all of Florida. This entry is great, but as a reminder: No alcohol and no disposable containers. They are VERY strict on this. The river is anywhere from 2-4 hours and the shuttles are around pretty often. This is a great experience and I'd highly recommend it if you're looking for a little Florida getaway - I enjoy this more than our beaches. Just get there EARLY Or you won't get a parking spot.

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