Rainbow Springs State Park is comprised of 826 upland acres, 79 wetland acres, and 15 submerged acres. The most significant natural feature is the first magnitude headspring basin which produces between 400 - 600 million gallons of fresh water per day, forming the Rainbow River. The looking glass waters of Rainbow Springs come from several vents, not one large bubbling spring. The river itself supports a wide variety of fish , wildlife, and plants, many within easy viewing by visitors. The swimming area at Rainbow Springs State Park.In total, the park contains 11 distinct natural communities, including sandhills, flatwoods, upland mixed forests, and hydric hammocks. Visitors are able to see a variety of wildflowers in season; oak, longleaf pines, magnolia, dogwood, redbud, and hickory trees; gray squirrels, red-shoulder hawks, swallowtail kites, barred owls, whitetail deer, and a wide variety of wading birds. The relative peace and quiet of the winter season offers much for the nature enthusiast. There is an interpretive room located in the visitor center displaying historical, natural, and cultural resources of the park. It's a must if you're headed to central Florida.
I also enjoyed early morning and evening bike rides with my sister Terri, who was visiting from Ithaca, NY.
I found and relocated this large, fury spider while I was replacing Mom's mailbox and painting her lamp post! YIKES!