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Local State Parks & Recreational Areas

As you might know, Florida is literally flooded with natural treasures. There’s a great opportunity to see what true “old Florida” looks like in its natural state, as well as explore the natural destinations, such as freshwater springs, forest trails, and natural settings for wildlife.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of State Parks and Recreational Areas for you to explore while you enjoy your stay with us!

Contract: NRSO
Park: 74037

Alexander Springs Recreational Area

Alexander Springs Recreation Area is located in the Ocala National Forest near the beautiful, turquoise waters of Alexander Springs. With forested scenery and abundant water, the recreation area offers camping, swimming, canoeing, scuba diving (for certified divers), hiking, birding and wildlife viewing.

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De Leon Springs State Park

The outstanding feature of the 625 acre park is the spring, overlooking beautiful Spring Garden Run, producing 19 million gallons of water a day at 72 degrees year-round.  The swimming area is accessible by stairs, ramp and a swimmer lift.  Lifeguards are provided during the summer months only and pets are not allowed in or near the swimming area.

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Silver Glen Springs Recreational Area

As the sun shines, rainbows play across the bottom of the crystal-clear spring basin at Silver Glen Springs. This beautiful spot along the edge of the Big Scrub offers a spring run that pours out into Lake George, the largest of the St. Johns River Chain of Lakes.  Both a popular day use recreation area and an important archaeological site, Silver Glen Springs showcases the delicate balance  between enjoyment of the outdoors and preservation of irreplaceable resources.

Contract: NRSO
Park: 74036

Juniper Springs Recreational Area

Juniper Springs Campground is one of the most popular campgrounds in the Ocala National Forest. The location offers deeply shaded sites within walking distance of some of Florida’s most beautiful natural springs. The surrounding recreation area has plenty of activities to entertain visitors, including swimming, picnicking, canoeing, snorkeling, hiking, birding and wildlife viewing.

Contract: NRSO
Park: 73853

Salt Springs Recreational Area

Salt Springs Recreation Area is one the recreational jewels of the Ocala National Forest, with a spectacular natural mineral spring that gives the area its name. Plenty of outdoor activities keep campers and day-use visitors busy, including swimming in the springs, fishing, snorkeling, hiking and boating. Salt Springs is located between the St. Johns and Ocklawaha Rivers, 35 miles east of Ocala, Florida.

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Blue Springs State Park

Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. Johns River. Blue Spring is a designated manatee refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. The spring and spring run are closed to all water activity from mid-November to at least mid-March.  Swimming or diving with manatees is not permitted; this rule is strictly enforced.

Contract: NRSO
Park: 74038

Clearwater Lake Recreational Area

Clearwater Lake Recreation Area offers a quiet getaway along the southeastern edge of the Ocala National Forest, just outside the community of Paisley, Florida. With a shaded campground, day use picnic area, beach and a nature trail that winds through the pine woods and scrub around Clearwater Lake, this facility has plenty of activities to keep campers occupied.

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Ravine Gardens State Park

Ravine Gardens State Park is one of the nine New Deal-era state parks in Florida. The park has two ravines up to 120 feet deep with steep banks at 45 degree angles. Unlike common gullies, trenches or sinkholes caused by temporary flooding, the steephead ravines are a permanent feature with a spring-fed creek that never dries up, called Whitewater Branch.

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Tomoka State Park

Native Americans once dwelled here, living off fish-filled lagoons. Today, these waters are popular for canoeing, boating, and fishing. The park protects a variety of wildlife habitats and endangered species, such as the West Indian manatee. Tomoka is a bird-watcher’s paradise, with over 160 species sighted, especially during the spring and fall migrations.

What Makes Us Special?

As one of the St. Johns River’s best-loved places to put your feet up and rest your boat! Astor Bridge Motel & Marina is recognized as one of Astor Florida’s leading motel with gracious hospitality, thoughtful amenities and distinctive experiences.

Experience an old Florida feel, with great destinations all around us for you to visit during your stay.

A Little About The Area

Astor, FL is located west of the St Johns River between Lake George and Lake Dexter. Astor is surrounded by the wilderness of the Ocala National Forest. The Astor census had a population of 1,645 as of July 2016.

The recognized Astor Bridge, a single-leaf bascule bridge that carries State Road 40 over the St Johns River defines the borders of two Florida counties; Volusia County to the east of the bridge and Lake County to the west of the bridge.

A natural wonder, the St. Johns River (Spanish: Rio de San Juan) is one of only a few rivers in all of North America that flows north. The 310 miles of the St Johns River flows northward from Vero Beach to Jacksonville.