Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon

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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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  • We enjoyed walking through this beautiful park. The water is crystal clear, and they had kayaks and other rentals available on site. There is also a swimming area but it was a bit cool during our... 
    We enjoyed walking through this beautiful park. The water is crystal clear, and they had kayaks and other rentals available on site. There is also a swimming area but it was a bit cool during our...  more »
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  • It was a beautiful park, very worth the trip! Very clean and well taken care of. Small entry fee gives you access to a beautiful nature preserve with birds, gators, and manatees. Well maintained trails and boardwalks, nice view points. We will be back to take a boat tour and we will also rent kayaks directly from the park next time. You can also bring your own vessel and they'll shuttle you back for a small fee. Facilities on site.
  • If you have never been to a spring fed river this is the place to go to. Totally convenient to bring a packed picnic and swim, or plan your day canoeing or kayaking down the river. Gorgeous and pristine water! You need to know how to swim to access the springs for it is over 6' deep. Absolutely worth doing for $2!!!!!! There is disabled access, camping, ranger tour guides, trails, waterfalls, etc. Just beautiful!

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