Thursday, January 17, 2013

Silver River State Park, Ocala, FL

Date of Stay:  Thursday January 3 - Thursday January 17, 2013 (14 nights)

Rate:  $13/night (Gin’s disabled FL resident discount)

Website:  Silver River State Park (FL)
   1425 NE 58th Ave.
   Ocala, FL 34470

Description:  Paved roads with sand/pea gravel pads.  We were on site 44 which was 30A and water but there are several sites that have 50A.  Laundry at the clean bathhouses.  Quite wooded here but we got our dish to work.  Nature trails and nice museum/education center with a cracker period homestead.  There is a canoe launch on the spring fed Silver River and a private attraction at the headsprings that has glass bottom boats.  The State is in negotiations to buy it.  Signs of feral hogs within the park.  Lots of wildlife on the river but the unique attraction here is the Rhesus monkeys.

Activities:  Bill and Nancy joined us here for a few days.  We all enjoyed a paddle up to the headsprings in our SeaEagles.  Since the canoe launch is about a mile from the campsite and half of that is on a nature trail, Gin fixed a pvc trailer for ours to be pulled behind a bike.  It worked nicely and people asked about it.  Al and Karen visited one day and we all went for another paddle.  There’s just so much wildlife on the river so it’s a great way to spend the day.  There’s lots of birds and turtles and even alligators, but the main attraction is the Rhesus monkeys that live here.  I enjoyed a ranger led nature hike and also a presentation by an older gentleman (80’s) who grew up in the area.  It reminded me of the stories my parents told of their youth.

Trash and Recycle:  Dumpster near the bathhouse with recycle bins there too.

Silver River State Park site 44  Silver River State Park site 44

Bill and Nancy on Silver River  Nancy and Bill
Bill and Nancy enjoying the river

Glass bottom boats
Glass bottom boat  Glass bottom boat
Glass bottom boats at Silver Springs attractions

Male and female wood ducks on Silver River  Love the wood ducks!
Wood ducks
Moorhens  Yellow-crowned Night heron
Birds on the bank of the Silver River

Silver River turtles  Silver River turtles
Turtles and Heron  Turtles on a log
Turtles Galore!!

Silver River alligator  Alligator on Silver River
Baby gators on Silver River
Gators and the next generation

Rhesus monkey at Silver River  Rhesus monkey on Silver River
Rhesus monkey on Silver River  Protective mother
Rhesus monkeys and the next generation

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