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Rainbow Springs State Park

[Scuba Diving/Snorkeling] [Canoeing] [Swimming] [Full Facilities Camping] [Picnic]

Dunnellon

Rainbow Springs State Park, once the site of the old Rainbow Springs Attraction, is Florida's third largest spring. The springs basis or "headwaters" of the Rainbow River, the azalea gardens, the river wetlands, and sand hill pine forest are home to many species of plants and animals.

Historic sites date from the era of the early Native Americans nearly 10,000 years ago.

Starting in the 1930s, the first effort had begun to develop the headwaters as a tourist attraction.

Activities offered include camping, swimming, picnicking and exploring the historic spring and garden. Canoes and inner tubes are available for rent at the campground. Park facilities are available for special events.

In February and March, azalea gardens are in bloom throughout the park. With the support of volunteers, Rainbow Springs hoses special events in March and April to celebrate the Will McLean Festival and the Dunnellon "Boomtown Days."

Rainbow Springs State Park is located 3 miles north of Dunnellon on the east side of U.S. Hwy. 41. The camping entrance is located 2 1/2 miles north of C.R. 484 off S.W. 180th Avenue St.

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