We left our campsite at Silver Springs State Park, River Camping Area and drove the short distance to the Springs. Our friends Karla and Larry were with us and we enjoyed a few hours of hiking. Below are some of the critters we were lucky enough to see.
Anhingas prefer freshwater habitats and often are seen perched on branches or stumps. This is exactly where we spotted this beautiful male.
This little squirrel seemed to welcome us to Silver Springs. He jumped up on this fence and told us a story.
This Florida Red-bellied Cooter was enjoying a sunny day at the Springs.
A lazy day on the river.
Almost missed these beauties; I spotted them as we were driving away heading back to camp.
Looks pre-historic; did you catch him in the photo above?
10 thoughts on “~Day Visit to Silver Springs State Park~”
One of our favorite Florida state parks! We camped there when the park was still called Silver River State Park. We enjoyed walking on the trail from the campground to the boat launch on the river. We watched a Gopher Tortoise crawling out of his hole right next to our site 58. If you get a chance to rent a canoe it is a beautiful paddle to the Silver Springs. We spotted lots of alligators, birds (even a Bald Eagle) and watched the monkeys in the trees! We also enjoyed the guided tour of the Cracker Village.
Hi Beth, thanks for the information. So glad you enjoyed your time here at SSSP! We enjoy this state park as well. The weather hasn’t been the best, some rain, cloudy, windy and to the cool side. We have it on our list to canoe or kayak went we come back. We have been getting in some hikes and we found a New Orleans style restaurant here called Harry’s – it was great! So our time here as been good!
I am trying to get excited about having to return to the east next year and spend the winter in FL. But I am still not looking forward to it but your photos are helping a little:) That gator face is really spooky looking. Great photo! Those little Hooded Merganser are so cute, especially that male with those distinct markings. Love the final photo:)
Hi Pam. You probably know already, but if you want to stay at any of Florida’s state parks you need to make a reservation 11 months ahead. It is getting crazy even trying to book 11 months ahead.
Florida does have gorgeous state parks! We enjoy the least crowded areas with country influences, over the highly populated large cities.
We are sure looking forward to being back in beautiful, colorful Colorado!
Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Lovely images Sheila! Thanks for the ID on the Merganser. I think we have some of them in one of our ponds.
LuAnn, the hooded Mergansers are a gorgeous, little, duck. Glad you have them by you!
The hooded mergansers are so cute. Wonderful shots, Sheila, especially the alligator. Love the caption. 🙂
Glad you liked the Gator. We were walking along with a young couple, accent British. I had stopped to take their photo for them. They got a big kick out of the Gators!
So nice to see some wildlife that isn’t in the snow
Nice shots, like the Anhinga a nice looking bird.