Rainbow Springs State Park, Fl
There are three main areas to the park; the headsprings, which this post focuses on, the tubing entrance and the campground.
At the headsprings area, visitors are able to swim in the crystal blue freshwater springs, kayak, picnic, view waterfalls and enjoy a stroll through a butterfly garden.
*All pictures my own unless otherwise stated
Rainbow Springs State Park made me a happy lady on my birthday this year, my only wish was that we had reseached and prepared better to have then enjoyed the full scope of the facilities better!
We went expecting to view some waterfalls and the two hour drive was worth it just for that BUT…..had we researched better we would have taken a picnic, our swimming gear and probably tried to borrow a couple of kayaks. There is so much to do in this park other than just enjoy some gorgeous scenery!
Parking was very easy, there is a very large parking area from where you walk to the pay station to enter the park. Walking around all the areas again, is very easy. It is wheelchair accessible throughout, the paths are all paved and well kept. Some small inclines but nothing at all strenuous (hey, this is Florida!). The grassy areas, flower beds and all the recreational areas are all tidy, clear of litter and very well kept.
The Park itself ecompasses the 4th largest natural springs in Florida and the sheer size and crystlline blue quality of the water willl take your breath away at first sight……..
Now, I had to accept that all the falls in the park are manmade, unsure quite what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised but a little disappointed when we came across the first falls. Very pictueresque but really just akin to a large domestic water feature.
The peaceful sounds of the tumbling waters did the trick for this self proclaimed waterfall obsessed gal ~ never did I think I would find my perfect zen place here in Florida. I was having the happiest of birthdays!
The walk that we took was a leisurely stroll through shady gardens of azalea, oaks and magnolias. If I had been prepared and come ready to hike, that park does offer an approximate 2 mile round trail, Sandhill Trail, which is well signposted and easily accessible from the far end of the park.
After getting my fill of waterfalls, we strolled back towards the swimming and kayakking area. The path meanders along the waters edge and there are benches strategically placed to sit and rest a while while enjoying the perfect views as well as new boardwalks that lead out over the water for a better view where you can appreciate the vastness of the headsprings and see right to the bottom of the waters.
There are pavilions that may be rented for parties or larger picnics.
For the $2 entrance fee, this park is truly great value and you could easily make a full day out of being here.
Maybe we can come to the campground and stay a while to really make the most of everything that this park has to offer.