Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Silver Springs State Park
Prior to 2013, the Silver River State Park was independent of the Silver Springs Theme Park, with which many of you are familiar. The Silver Springs Theme Park was one of the main Florida attractions prior to the arrival of Walt Disney and his minions who initiated a theme park explosion with the construction of Disney World in Orlando almost 40 years ago.
In recent years, the Silver Springs Theme Park has been negatively affected by decreasing attendance and high maintenance costs. Finally, in 2013, the state of Florida (which bought the property in 1985) took over the park from the folks who had leased it and merged it with the Silver River State Park and the two, now become one, are (is?) known as the Silver Springs State Park.
This sign is found in what was the old Silver River State Park. The Nature Trail takes one through a forested area to the Silver River, a 4.5 mile waterway which flows from the springs to the Oklawaha River. It is about a half-mile trek to the Silver River, a gorgeous "old Florida" place where one can canoe and kayak but not fish!
You can read more about all of this here. And if you wish to see something of what the Silver Springs Theme Park was all about, just Google "Silver Springs" in the "search" box at the top right of this blog.