A Spring with Unparalleled Beauty
Silver Glen Springs is a first-magnitude spring with a large, semicircular pool that measures 200 feet from north to south and 175 feet from east to west. Most of the strong flow emerges from two cavern openings in the rock at the bottom of the pool, with large boils at the water’s surface over the vents. The vertical cave opening called the Natural Well in the southwestern edge of the pool is about 12 to 15 feet in diameter and 40 feet deep. The vent in the east part of the pool is a conical depression about 18 feet deep. Silver Glen Springs is among the most beautiful of Florida’s blue gems, in no small part due to its exceptionally clear water and beautiful setting in the Ocala National Forest. Unlike some Florida springs, the unparalleled clarity of the water at this spring can always be counted on.
The day-use area that encompasses this spring and the adjacent uplands is both a highly popular recreation area and an important archaeological site. The 65 million gallons of waters that flow from the two spring vents daily run nearly 1 mile to Lake George. Boats can travel up the spring run, but are prohibited from entering the spring bowl. As a result, the protected spring bowl is popular with swimmers and snorkelers. Manatees visit the spring in the winter as a thermal refuge from the cooler waters of the St. Johns River; a variety of fish can be seen throughout the year.
Directions to Silver Glen Springs
Silver Glen Springs is located 6 miles north of SR 40 along SR 19 along the eastern edge of the Ocala National Forest. The recreation area entrance is directly across from the Yearling Trail trailhead and lies north of the Juniper Wayside area.
Directions by Boat
Silver Glen Run is located on the western shore of Lake George about 6 miles from the southern entrance of the st. Johns River.
Silver Glen Rules
There is absolutely no alcohol allowed on boats in the run, this is true for both the Volusia County and Lake County areas of the run.
The markers in the glen are not navigation markers, [even though] they look like nav markers. They are for traffic control. During the summer weekends there may be as many as 2,000 boats day tripping and the LEO need these to patrol and prevent anchoring in the “channel”. There is plenty of depth 6+ on the south-side. If you can cross the shallow entrance there is plenty of water in the spring run.
This recreation area is especially busy on summer weekends. There are changing facilities near the parking area but no flush toilets, due to the sensitive nature of the cultural heritage and geology of this area.