The outstanding feature of the 625 acre park is the spring, overlooking beautiful Spring Garden Run, producing 19 million gallons of water a day at 72 degrees year-round. Lifeguards are provided during the summer months only. Canoes, paddleboats and kayaks may be rented from the park's concession. The park's paddling trail provides access to the 22,000 acre Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, with lakes, creeks and marshes to explore.
Fishing is excellent in the spring run from the shore or the fishing dock. Birding is great, and the park is on the Great Florida Birding Trail.
Picnic tables, grills and a playground are available under the grand live oak trees. Visitors can hike the 4.2 mile Wild Persimmon Hiking Trail or take a leisurely stroll on the one-half mile paved Nature Trail to see the 600 year-old cypress tree. The Butterfly Garden has about 500 plants for the benefit of resident and migrating butterflies and hummingbirds.
The popular Sugar Mill Restaurant, located in a 100 year-old replica of the original 1830s sugar mill, features cook-your-own pancakes at the table and freshly made bread and cookies.
The Fountain of Youth Eco/Heritage boat tour aboard the M/V Acuera, departing four times daily, is a 50 minute trip through Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, where alligators and birds abound.
601 Ponce de Leon Blvd., De Leon Springs, Florida, 32130