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A wonderful visit

I never saw such clear water. There are plenty of things to do from swimming to boating and fishing.

Reviewed November 23, 2018
Pat D
Great spot

While this is a National Forest Service site, it is privately managed. A sign of our times... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Clear-blue spring and creek in Ocala National Forest.
Hwy 450, Ocala, FL 40929
+1 352-669-3153
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While this is a National Forest Service site, it is privately managed. A sign of our times. Regardless, the place is beautiful with a range of outdoor activities including swimming in the crystal clear waters of the springs. I’m from the mountains, so 72 degree...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Wayne-Librarian
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Alexander Springs is a great stop on the Florida Trail. Just over 10 beautiful miles from Clearwater Lake trailhead. You will see lakes, a creek with footbridges, amazing landscapes, and tons of wildlife. Several great places to camp along the trail as well. If you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank FlaHarlock
Reviewed January 15, 2019

This is one of Florida's springs that attracts families all summer. Like all Florida springs, the water is a constant 72* , which is chilly, and more than 15 minutes exposure can bring on early stages of hypothermia. So keep the kids within view. Facilities...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Steve E
Reviewed November 23, 2018

I never saw such clear water. There are plenty of things to do from swimming to boating and fishing.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Pat D
Reviewed November 13, 2018

It was our first time camping for my family, it was a great experience and we love this place, extremely clean, very friendly staff. The swimming was awesome, planning to go back in Jan 2019.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Rosaray A
Reviewed November 7, 2018

Alexander Springs has many sites to choose from, and most provide a level of privacy. The canoe run is great, and the spring is very nice with a well-maintained beach area. It's a great, inexpensive place to spend a few days.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank JDubsDeBary
Reviewed October 5, 2018

This was our second year in a row purchasing the Ocala National Forest Recreation Area Pass annual passes for the 3 of us. The annual pass includes admission to Salt Springs, Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs and Silver Glen Springs. These springs are located in a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank MaeHem50
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

First time going and this place is great, you can sit beside the swimming area , the water is beautiful so much good to say about the place

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Michael C
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

The springs in the Ocala area are a uniquely beautiful aspect of interior central Florida. They are as opposites to the theme parks as one can get here. Especially in the warmer part of the year they are a cool respite from the heat. Alexander...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank drwsurf
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

1) the park is overcrowded on weekends 2) they don't seem to be capable of updating information on their website 3) the spring is very small and most places are only a few feet deep Honestly you're better off going to a real spring than...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank TammyE307
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November 15, 2018|
Response from Caroline G | Reviewed this property |
no not all all. you will only find mosquitoes in the woods.
Brenda L
October 25, 2018|
Response from evah399 | Reviewed this property |
I’m sorry, I don’t know the answer to that. We were just there for the day! You could probably call them, though.
October 18, 2018|
Response from kim t | Reviewed this property |
Only cash to get in the park its self. All the rest like food or concession stand you can use a credit card.
Travel Forum Posts
Lisburn, United Kingdom
Has anyone ever visited Alexander Springs in.... (7 Replies)
Ocala National Park. A friend of a friend mentioned it as somewhere different to go and we were wondering what it would be like in November.
September 29, 2012|
Response fromKat_Cubs_fan|
Sounds like it would be a nice day trip from the Orlando area. Anyone ever been there?
Auchterarder, United Kingdom
A few things to do in Orlando other than theme parks (2 Replies)
We just got back yesterday after 2 weeks in Orlando. Having done the theme parks before, we wanted to do some other things and I wanted to share these with other people in case they wanted other options.....all needed a car though. A trip to Daytona - primarily to see a baseball game. We went to the local stadium and watched the Daytona Cubs play Palm Beach. It was supposed to have been a 7pm game but it got rained off ( luckily we gave up driving there as the rain was more torrential than...More
July 03, 2006|
Response fromKat_Cubs_fan|
Great report on the "off the beaten path" places around Orlando!! I've been to a Daytona Cubs game several times and always loved going. They are a minor leage affiliate of my Chicago Cubs and I've been able to see some rehabing major leaguers there from time to time.
sarasota, florida
Hike-in camping around Alexander Springs? (2 Replies)
I am looking for an uncrowded place to go hiking/camping with my 21 yr old son. I am 60, so I think 5 miles might be my limit--- Any suggestions? Thanks a million!
December 20, 2015|
Response fromROADBIKE|
Hey Do not know Alexandra springs sorry Think about ocala at santos trailhead You can tent and then have access to miles of hiking trails Bathroom and small general store/bike shop for stuff Rent a mountain bike Good luck have fun