Monday, November 26, 2012

Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon, FL

Date of Stay:  Friday November 16 - Monday November 26, 2012 (10 nights)

Rate:  $16/night (Gin’s disabled FL resident discount)

Website:  Rainbow Springs State Park (FL)
   18185 SW 94th Street
   Dunnellon, FL 34432

Description:  Paved roadways with sand/pea gravel parking pads.  Newly renovated so all sites are 50A FHU.  Laundry in the bathhouses.  We stayed on site 31 which is a pull-thru.  Nice paved tram road for morning walks and bike riding.  The tram only runs during the summer when tubing in Rainbow River is popular.  Nature trails and canoe launch onto the Rainbow River which is spring fed keeping it at a constant 72* year round.  Crystal clear water in the river.  The other side of the river is private homes but the State owns the Headsprings Park which was a private attraction during the 1930’s-1970’s.  The waterfalls there are man-made but still beautiful and jungle-like. Notice: the address for the campground is different than the one on the State’s website.  I have given the correct one on 94th Street.  Our site 31 and 3 are both pull-thrus that can handle any size rig.  We also like sites 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, and 22 which are all back-ins.  Site 15 is a nice handicap accessible site.

Activities:  We enjoyed biking around and actually saw our first Gopher Tortoise munching on grass on the edge of the ditch on the tram road.  We also had our first close encounter with an armadillo when one stood up and crossed the sidewalk in front of us leading to the boat ramp.  We went to the Headsprings Park and enjoyed the lush jungle atmosphere.  We met a woman that swims in the headsprings every day.  That’s cold water!  We took the SeaEagle out a couple of times, first time up to the headsprings and later, down stream some.  Gin said that it was like floating on an aquarium.  The State owns one side of the river and there are homes on the other side.  Several people were on personal pontoon boats.  I think the motors are limited to 10 hp so they were respectfully slow and not all that loud.

Trash and Recycle:  Dumpster near the office building and a can for aluminum cans only at the office.

Pull thru site 31 at Rainbow Springs  Pull thru site 31 at Rainbow Springs
Site 31 at Rainbow Springs
Typical site at Rainbow Springs State Park-FL  Office at Rainbow Springs State Park
 Typical site                                        Office
Gin at the Headsprings Park of Rainbow Springs Headsprings Park of Rainbow River
Gin at the Headsprings Park of Rainbow Springs Seminole Falls at Headsprings Park Rainbow Falls at the Headsprings Park
Enjoying the waterfalls at the Headsprings Park

 Turtles sunning on the Rainbow River  P1000649
Cormorant drying his wings at Rainbow River  P1000669
Wildlife along the Rainbow River

Rainbow River headsprings  Rainbow River headsprings
Floating on an aquarium                             Our shadows

Armadillo at Rainbow Springs  Armadillo at Rainbow Springs

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