19158 SW 81st Pl Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432, United States

Phone: +1 352-465-8555

8:00 AM to 6:00 PM,  365 days

Rainbow Springs State Park natural waterfall

Rainbow Springs State Park

Rainbow Springs’ history extends back millennia to a time when aboriginal peoples frequented this verdant spring.

The area has been sculpted by both enterprising developers and the loving hands of local volunteers in the contemporary era, and the allure of the delightfully tranquil park remains. When swimmers take their first dip in Rainbow Springs’ sapphire-blue waters, they become characters in a story that dates back over 10,000 years, when humanity first visited this location.

Ornamental gardens, built waterfalls, and sloping hills are apparent traces of the springs’ more recent history, when the land housed a mining operation and a privately owned tourist attraction.

It’s a time-honored tradition to walk through lush, mossy hammocks and then chill off in the springs.



Swimming in the headsprings’ cool, clear waters is a rejuvenating experience. The water depth in this natural swimming area ranges from 10 to 18 feet, and the water temperature averages 72 degrees year round.

All inflatables, including rafts, tubes, and balls, are not permitted at the park for safety reasons. Swimmers can keep themselves safe by using noodles or life preservers.

In some spots, the water is more than ten feet deep. Please be prepared to constantly oversee your children and non-swimmers. Swimmers enter the pool at their own risk because there is no lifeguard on duty.

Rainbow Springs State Park limit sky



Snorkeling the Rainbow River’s headsprings is a popular activity, although it is only permitted in the buoyed swimming area. However, once outside of the headsprings, it is permitted from the campground or from boats. Please be advised that all snorkelers are required by state legislation to wear dive flags.


Hiking Trails

Rainbow Springs State Park provides opportunities for leisurely strolls through shady gardens dotted with azaleas, oaks, and magnolias. Three man-made waterfalls and a natural plant garden are visible from the walkways. Back behind the gardens, a nature route winds through natural oak hammock and sandhill habitats. This walk is roughly 2.5 miles long from the Visitors’ Center and features both river and phosphate pit overlooks.


Visitors can use picnic tables, pavilions, and grills on a first come, first served basis.


Geocaching is an outdoor game that involves the use of handheld global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It’s essentially a low-cost, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that’s an excellent method to study geography.

Entrance of Rainbow Springs State Park
Rainbow Springs State Park water


Canoeing & Kayaking

Rent a canoe or a kayak and venture out onto the magnificent waters of one of the top recreational water sports destinations in Florida.

Visitors may launch privately owned canoes and kayaks from the headsprings launch point; but should be prepared to port their vessel 1,800 feet from the parking area to the launch place, due to no vehicle access to the river within the park.

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