Alexander Springs Recreation Area, Altoona FL
49525 CR 445
Altoona, Florida 32702
(will honor America the Beautiful Pass).
CHECK IN/OUT: Check in at 1pm/Check out at 11 am
ACCESS: 8 am - 8 pm.
Campers have a gate code
MAPS: At Entry Gate
Max Rv of 35 ft
PULL THRUS: Yes
PICNIC SHELTERS: Yes
SITE SURFACE: Dirt
DUMP STATION: Yes
SHADE TREES: Yes
BOAT RAMP: Yes for canoes
FEATURES: Springs and kakyaking
PET FRIENDLY: Yes
NAME: Timucuan Trail
LENGTH: 1 mile
SURFACE: Boardwalk and dirt
ACCESS: 8 am to 8 pm
FEES: Free to campers
PET FRIENDLY: No pets in the day use area
Alexander Springs Recreation Area is located inside the Ocala National Forest in Altoona, Florida. The spring is one of Florida's 27 first-magnitude springs, each of which produce more than 64.6 million gallons of water a day.
Archaeologists have discovered numerous artifacts near the springs, including pottery, bows, even an ancient stew. Its ingredients included fresh water snails, mussels, gar fish, catfish, speckled perch, largemouth bass, turtle, bird, white-tailed deer and palmetto berries.
The spring offers one of the best swimming holes in the state. The water remains a constant temperature of 72 degrees the entire year. The water is crystal clear and has a beautiful sandy bottom.
The headspring has a rocky entrance with a twenty-five-foot-deep slope. The vegetation around the spring provides a relaxing tropical feeling. There are steps to assist visitors into the spring safely and a retaining wall that separates a picnic area and sandy beach area from the spring. The consistent temperature draws manatees up into the Florida springs during the winter months.
We camped here in February 2022 in our Coachmen Beyond van. We enjoyed walking the campground and the short trail. Remember there are no hookups here. This park is dry camping only
The Timucuan Trail is a short 1-mile loop through the forest and most of the trail is on an elevated boardwalk. There are two observation platforms that offer fishing and a good view of Alexander Creek.
Alexander Springs Recreation Area is located along CR 445 in the northeast corner of Lake County between Astor and Altoona, FL
From SR 40 at Astor, take Butler Street to CR 445A, and turn left on CR 445. The recreation area is 5.8 miles south on the right.
From Altoona, FL, drive north 5.2 miles on SR 19, and turn right on CR 445. Continue another 5.1 miles to the entrance on the left.