Salt Springs, Salt Springs, FL

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Posted: August 14, 2010

Category: Florida, North America, United States, View All

CR 314 and Hwy 19
Salt Springs, FL 32134
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Description

The presence of potassium, magnesium and sodium salts give the waters in the spring a slight salinity. Hence the name Salt Springs. In the early 1900s, many people came to the spring, believing it had medicinal healing powers. Today’s visitors will find Salt Springs gushes forth 52 million gallons of water daily at a constant 74° Fahrenheit. The presence of potassium, magnesium and sodium salts give the waters in the spring a slight salinity. Hence the name Salt Springs. There are several boils, native americans believed each one held different healing properties.

Additional info: http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/florida/ocala/attractions/saltSpringsRecArea.php

Nearest Address

CR 314 and Hwy 19

Directions from Nearest Address

From I-75 at Ocala: drive east on State Highway 40 for about 12 miles, then turn north on County Road 314 for another 18 miles. Turn north on State Highway 19 for about ½ mile to the recreation entrance of the left.

Vital Information

  • Fee: $5.50
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: N/A
  • Temp: 74° F
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:

8am till dark

GPS: N/A

Map Link: Salt Springs Map

Submitted by: Hope Lucky

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  1. floridaraised says:

    The larger boil is a medicine wheel. As of 2005 one could still see a double circle inscribed in most the stone surrounding it. The stone surrounding the boil is divided into 4 quadrants by gaping fissures radiating from the center- reportedly aligned with the 4 directions, although I never checked it with a compass. In the late 1980’s one of the residents of the town, (who was around 50 yrs old) told me that when she was a child, an Indian was still continuing a tradition of caretaking the spring and pulling up the thick grass that grows from the bottom to help keep the area cleared for use.(easier to walk) Whether that was a native or while tradition, I do not know) People are pretty rough on the stone of the big boil, so I don’t know how much the incising has deteriorated. Most people are unaware of it..

  2. Warren says:

    Is it conceivable to collect drinking water from this spring? Or is this spring only for swimming, snorkeling, etc.?

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