Beginning on the north side of the park along an old road, visitors will find two trails through diverse woodland of elm, live oak, sweet gum, and pignut hickory. As a gateway to the hiking trails, an ancient bald cypress is just a short distance off the old road. The park entrance station offers a trail map detailing the two routes, which provide over six miles of pathway where visitors can see a variety of plant life including saw palmettos and huge ferns.
Visitors to the area are mostly attracted to the fabulous 72-degree springs, the large picnic and play areas, the tranquil Spring Garden, and even the pancake restaurant. Fishing, diving and paddleboating are additional recreations. A small visitor center has limited hours.
Directions: From De Land, FL, Travel north along U.S. Highway 17 approximately 6 miles. Signs direct you to the park entrance located at the corner of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Burt Parks Road. The trails along a former road found just north of the springs.
Elevation: 5 - 10 feet
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Distance: 6.2 miles
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De Leon Springs State Recreation Area, Florida
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