Friday, June 15, 2012

Alexander Springs in Ocala National Forest, FL



I have been going to Florida springs for as long as I have known. Alexander is one of my favorites of the many Florida has to offer. Alexander Springs is tucked away in Ocala's National Forest about a hour and half drive from Disney. Camping at the springs is fairly cheap its a $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities, a $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees, STANDARD NONELECTRIC is $18.87-$21.00, you need to book 4 days ahead of your stay.

What I love about the springs is your pretty much roughing it. Your only light is fire and the sun. The camp sites are a good size, they hold at least 2 tents with room to spare. At the campsite each section has a little bathroom area with flushing toilets and showers. While camping you have to bring your own wood or they do sell it by the bushel which is about $10 a bag at the little general store located at front by spring.

The sites are shaded with level parking pads for RVs and plenty of space for tents. No hookups are available. Also know that bears and raccoons are in the area, I have never seen a bear but the raccoons are a common animal that will make themselves at home at your site. Try not to feed them because they can and will bite if you make them mad. It is wise to keep all food in air tight coolers, locked cars, or anything with locks because the raccoons can open tents and most food storage containers. Alligators also roam around during the spring. You want to be on high alert as it is there mating season. They rarely come around when people are in springs but it's something you have to watch for. We had a 3 foot gator once while we were swimming but it soon swam away, there have been bites before so just be watchful. Pets are not allowed at the Springs, they are allowed only at campsites and may not be left unattended.

Alexander Springs has many things to do if you're not into the whole camping thing, you can swim, hike, canoe, fish and more in a days trip which is $5.50 a person ages 6 and up. Alexander Springs I think by far is the best of the swimming areas its a wide area that has a few shallow areas and then you can swim over the springs which is a very deep area. I recommend that you bring a floating device because your arms can get worn out and its a long way down. What makes the springs special is you can swim on top of the spring, not many offer this experience so bring a snorkel and mask because there are many fish and plant life to see as well. Canoes are available to rent while at the springs you will have to call 352-669-3522 for rates. The trails take you deep into Ocala's woods, were you might see snakes, gators, raccoons, big cats and other wild life. Trails also access two segments of the 1,400-mile Florida National Scenic Trail, which runs through the entire national forest.

Alexander Spring is the only place in the Ocala National Forest where scuba diving is permitted. Alexander Springs is a great getaway from the Theme Parks its a way to enjoy what else Fl has to offer.

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