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Salt Springs Observation Trail

 

Salt Springs Observation Trail

Marion County

Salt Springs, Florida

Entry Fee: None

Official Website

Traffic: Light

 

This two mile loop through Ocala National Forest leads to an observation deck overlooking Salt Springs Run, connecting Lake George and Lake Kerr, fed by Saint Johns River. It's one of those nice places where there are always people - an attractive jogger on a morning run, a nice little family with their dog - but never crowds or noisy tourists.

 

The trail is short. You get back to your car after only 2 miles of hiking, but the observation deck can hold you for awhile watching boats and birds. There are a few pines, but this area of the forest is mostly old growth with lots of leafy evergreens. With so much else to see in the area, it's a definite must stop.

 

Salt Springs Observation Trail Map - PDF of recorded hike

Interactive Map of Trail at AllTrails

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

Salt Springs Observation Trail sign off County Road 19

Salt Springs Observation Trail sign off Florida County Road 19

 

Fence along land bridge over a creek

Fence and land bridge over the creek

 

Saw Palmetto Photo

Saw Palmetto with Shadow

 

Spicebush in Florida

Spicebush in Florida - looks like dogwood, but the berries are not clustered

 

Japanese Knotweed

Best I can tell, this is Japanese Knotweed

 

Wood fence across land bridge

Wooden fence over land bridge

 

Florida Banana Tree Spider

The bane of hikers, they are everywhere: Florida Banana Tree Spider

 

To the boardwalk overlooking Salt Springs Run

To the boardwalk overlooking Salt Springs Run

 

Boardwalk at Salt Springs Observation Trail

Boardwalk leading to Salt Springs Run overlook

 

Salt Springs Run from Observation Deck

Salt Springs Run from Observation Deck

 

Salt Springs Run

Salt Springs Run

 

 

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Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Observation Trail sign off County Road 19

Fence along land bridge over a creek

Saw Palmetto Photo

Spicebush in Florida

Japanese Knotweed

Wood fence across land bridge

Florida Banana Tree Spider

To the boardwalk overlooking Salt Springs Run

Boardwalk at Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Run from Observation Deck

Salt Springs Run

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Observation Trail sign off County Road 19

Fence along land bridge over a creek

Saw Palmetto Photo

Spicebush in Florida

Japanese Knotweed

Wood fence across land bridge

Florida Banana Tree Spider

To the boardwalk overlooking Salt Springs Run

Boardwalk at Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Run from Observation Deck

Salt Springs Run

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Observation Trail sign off County Road 19

Fence along land bridge over a creek

Saw Palmetto Photo

Spicebush in Florida

Japanese Knotweed

Wood fence across land bridge

Florida Banana Tree Spider

To the boardwalk overlooking Salt Springs Run

Boardwalk at Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Run from Observation Deck

Salt Springs Run

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Observation Trail sign off County Road 19

Fence along land bridge over a creek

Saw Palmetto Photo

Spicebush in Florida

Japanese Knotweed

Wood fence across land bridge

Florida Banana Tree Spider

To the boardwalk overlooking Salt Springs Run

Boardwalk at Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Run from Observation Deck

Salt Springs Run

Bryan Lindenberger
Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Observation Trail sign off County Road 19

Fence along land bridge over a creek

Saw Palmetto Photo

Spicebush in Florida

Japanese Knotweed

Wood fence across land bridge

Florida Banana Tree Spider

To the boardwalk overlooking Salt Springs Run

Boardwalk at Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Run from Observation Deck

Salt Springs Run

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Observation Trail sign off County Road 19

Fence along land bridge over a creek

Saw Palmetto Photo

Spicebush in Florida

Japanese Knotweed

Wood fence across land bridge

Florida Banana Tree Spider

To the boardwalk overlooking Salt Springs Run

Boardwalk at Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Run from Observation Deck

Salt Springs Run

Bryan Lindenberger
Salt Springs Observation Trail
Bryan Lindenberger
Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Observation Trail sign off County Road 19

Fence along land bridge over a creek

Saw Palmetto Photo

Spicebush in Florida

Japanese Knotweed

Wood fence across land bridge

Florida Banana Tree Spider

To the boardwalk overlooking Salt Springs Run

Boardwalk at Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Run from Observation Deck

Salt Springs Run

Bryan Lindenberger
Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Observation Trail sign off County Road 19

Fence along land bridge over a creek

Saw Palmetto Photo

Spicebush in Florida

Japanese Knotweed

Wood fence across land bridge

Florida Banana Tree Spider

To the boardwalk overlooking Salt Springs Run

Boardwalk at Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Run from Observation Deck

Salt Springs Run

Bryan Lindenberger
Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Observation Trail sign off County Road 19

Fence along land bridge over a creek

Saw Palmetto Photo

Spicebush in Florida

Japanese Knotweed

Wood fence across land bridge

Florida Banana Tree Spider

To the boardwalk overlooking Salt Springs Run

Boardwalk at Salt Springs Observation Trail

Salt Springs Run from Observation Deck

Salt Springs Run

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images