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De Leon Springs State Park

  • 601 Ponce DeLeon Boulevard
  • DeLeon Springs, FL 32130
  • (386) 985-4212

Take an Eco/History Boat Tour on the M/V Acuera--a 50 minute trip on Spring Garden Run at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 1:00. Look for alligators, bald eagles and many species of wading birds. Call (386) 837.5537 for tour reservations. Enjoy swimming in the 72 degree spring and have pancakes or lunch at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant, open 9-5 on weekdays and 8-5 on weekends, serving until 4. Call (386) 985.5644 for further restaurant information. Come on out and hike the four mile Wild Persimmon Trail, which meanders through oak hammock, flood plain forest and abandoned agricultural fields. Deer and turkey can often be seen, and Florida black bears have been spotted occasionally. Please register at the ranger station. Birding is excellent in and around the spring run. Bring your binoculars and bird book. An all-terrain wheelchair and a standard wheelchair are available for visitors who need assistance getting around the park, including the paved nature trail. The newly renovated Visitor Center features exhibits on the park's 6,000 year history and DVD presentations on Florida's Springs, the St. Johns River, and the Everglades.