Silver Glen Springs in Salt Springs, Florida, offers canoe rentals as well as snorkeling and swimming in some beautifully clear spring waters. We're hear to talk about the hiking, and though the two trails are short, they're worth the price for great views of Lake George and some wonderful wildlife viewing. And why not bring along a swimsuit? After a hike, that water looks mighty inviting!
Spring Boils Trail is under a mile long. I took Lake George Trail, a there-and-back jaunt at a little over a mile each way. It's an easy trail, flat with great views of Lake George, the 2nd largest lake in Florida. I spot deer at each visit, plenty of raccoon and squirrels, and there are beer which I have not met. If you like the creepy crawlies and fungus, there are some neat things to spot in that arena as well, including lots of dragonflies in summer and various orb-weaver spiders. Below, you'll find a video of one of those spiny orb weavers building her web.
There are crowds at the springs in the summer, so I recommend waiting for a warm day some other time of year if you go for the swimming. The trails seem to never be crowded, so there is a good chance of seeing many animals without them being spooked by people.