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Florida Silver Springs River
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One of the largest artesian springs ever discovered, Silver Springs is the primary source of Florida's stunning Silver River. The spring and river are located on the outskirts of Ocala, Florida. A beautiful 5,000 acre preserve that adjoins Silver Springs encompasses the river. Silver River State Park offers a museum, hiking trails, canoe access, cabins, camping and a historic farm complex.
The main spring at Silver Springs produces around 550 million gallons of water a day and is noted both for its depth and crystal clarity. It is actually one of a series of springs
that feed the Silver River, which is itself a tributary of the Ocklawaha and through it of the St. Johns. At least 24 other springs join with the main one in feeding the Silver River. Many of these can be found along the river as it flows through Silver River State Park.
Silver Springs was described in glowing terms in a widely read magazine article in 1870 and it was not long before tourists flooded into Ocala to see the natural wonder. Paddlewheel steamboats made their way up the Silver River to the main spring and in the 1880s railroad cars began bringing even more tourists. Silver Springs and the Silver River have been tourist attractions ever since.
May 4th, 2013
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