Management & Protection
Florida State Parks are managed as natural systems. All plant and animal life is protected in state parks. Hunting, livestock grazing and timber removal are not permitted. Do not remove, deface, mutilate or molest any natural resources. For your safety, do not feed any animals. Intoxicants and firearms are prohibited.

Hours of Operation
Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

Pets are not allowed in camping areas, on bathing beaches, in concession areas and may be restricted in other designated areas of the park. Where pets are allowed, they must be kept on a six-foot, hand-held leash and well-behaved at all times. Service dogs are welcome in all areas of the parks.

State Park Guide
To discover and experience all of the Real Florida at Florida's 145 state parks, ask a Park Ranger where you can pick up a copy of the Florida State Park Guide, or call 850/488-9872.

Reservations for
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Silver River State Park is one of the most recent acquisitions in Florida's State Park system. The park has over 5,000 acres containing 14 distinct plant communities, nearly 20 miles of river frontage and many springs. Silver Springs, a nearby attraction, is the headwater of Silver River that flows into the Oklawaha River on its way to the St. Johns River.

Primitive Youth Group camping is available for groups, and overnight camping with water and electricity and ten rental cabins are available. For complete details and reservations please contact the park office at (352) 236-7148.


Bring your camera to capture the scenery along
the nature trails.
The "River Trail" is 3/4 mile in length and leads from the parking area to the Silver River. This trail offers an excellent view of the river. Be sure to bring your camera.

"Sink Hole Trail" is a combination of 3 trails totaling 3 1/2 miles. It will take you through mixed forest, hardwood hammock, scrub and sand hill communities. You will find interpretive signs along the trail to help you enjoy your Real Florida. There are benches and picnic tables for you convenience.

A sampling of 12,000 years of Indian culture is on
display in the Museum
"Silver River Museum & Education Center and Cracker Village" is part of the Marion County School System. This is a partnership between the Florida Park Service and Marion County schools to provide hands on environmental studies. These facilities are open to the public on weekends and holidays from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m..

"Ocali Cracker Country Day" is held on the second weekend of November. Demonstrations and activities available are: quilting, folk tales, black-smithing, hay rides, antique engines, museum tours, antique automobiles, pony rides, Indian camp, native American crafts, confederate encampment, woodcarving and nature trail walks to name a few. There will also be a Civil War re-enactment of the Marshall Plantation Raid in the afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3.00 per person age 6 and up. For further information call (352) 236-7148.

The Civil War re-enactment has been canceled.

Silver River State Park is located 1 mile south of SR 40 on C-35 east of Ocala.

Silver River State Park

1425 NE 58th Avenue

Ocala, Florida 34470


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