HART SPRINGS ACTIVITY RENTALS
ABOUT HART SPRINGS
Come visit Hart Springs
Come Visit Hart Springs, one of the Largest Spring-Fed Swimming Areas in the State of Florida.
Located on the Gilchrist Blueway Trail and the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, 55 miles of pristine riverfront, this is a destination that most people dream about when looking to experience true Florida.
A scenic stroll on the half-mile long boardwalk will take you down the run and out along the famous Suwannee River. Enjoy the scenic Suwannee River and other cypress hammocks and upland pine trails.
Also, Hart Springs is connected to the Florida Greenway trail and many more routes on improved rural roads, allowing for unlimited choices of exploration by bicycle, hiking, and more.
Hart Springs Park and Hart Springs Campground is a family-oriented recreation area, accessible by car and boat, and welcoming to novice and expert outdoor enthusiasts.
Hart Springs Campground and Things to Do
Along with the authentic Florida experience, you can also find true Southern Hospitality as well. Anderson Outdoor Adventures proudly provides a wide range of activities including Pontoon Boat Rentals, RV Rentals, Golf Cart Rentals, Canoe and Kayak equipment Rentals.
Hart Springs Policies and Rules when Visiting
In order to preserve the safety, and authenticity of the grounds , please adhere to the following rules when planning a visit.
NO Pets (except in RV Campground)
NO Intoxicated People
NO fishing in the swimming area
A Few Extra Hart Springs things to know
When planning your visit please remember that the following things are not allowed on Hart Springs grounds.
When planning your visit please remember that while your are on Hart Springs grounds, there is …
NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY
Accessibility: Everyone is welcome at Hart Springs.
Hart Springs Park has handicap access into the water, parking, sidewalks, bathrooms, and boardwalk.
Please note, at this time, rental houses are not handicap accessible.
Popular activities include Kayaking out to and up the Suwannee River, or a calm Kayak trip down the Suwannee River back to Hart Springs, camping, hiking, biking, nature studies, snorkeling, diving, and picnicking.
Top Activities at Hart Springs and Hart Spring Campgrounds
There are many activities that help you enjoy the scenery, the rivers, and trails, and the peace and quiet when you are at the Springs. Check out the following top rated most popular rentals available for your trip.
Kayaking & Canoeing in Hart Springs
Kayaking at Hart Springs is a wonderful experience. Either enjoy the crystal clear, jade colored waters of one of Floridas largest spring-fed swimming areas by hopping in a kayak and floating down the channel towards the Suwannee River, or begin your trip up river by choosing from one of our three starting locations and Kayak back down the historic Suwannee River ending back at beautiful Hart Springs. Either way it will be memorable as you enjoy the view of a variety of wildlife from your Kayak.
Peaceful, clear waters surround you as you observe turtle antics and see hawks, ibis, osprey and herons soaring above. Anhingas and cormorants dive for fish, breaking the surface waters below you. If you are really lucky you might even catch a glimpse of an otter or two!
Whether you’re a first-time adventurer or seasoned explorer, the springs and spring run will delight and astound you. If you choose to hop out of your kayak for a quick swim, enjoy the cool waters that maintain a constant 72 degrees year-round, but for comfort don’t forget your hat, sunscreen and towel.
Kayaking & Canoeing Down the Suwannee River
On your trip down the Suwannee River feel free to cast a line in the water and reel in a Suwannee Bass. Or just cruise along gazing up at the majestic cypress trees towering over the water, providing shade and habitat for aquatic wildlife, birds and insects. Watch for water snakes swimming, river turtles sunning, mullet fighting the current and ospreys fishing. Look for artesian springs, swallets and siphons in the water.
Things to enjoy while kayak and canoeing
Stretching from southern Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico, the Suwannee River winds 246 miles. Rent your kayak or canoe from us and choose your starting point from our list above, then be prepared to enjoy your journey on this very historic river.
Enjoy the sounds of birds singing in the trees and bees lazily buzzing in the warm summer breeze in a place where everything seems to move just a little bit slower. Observe how the color of the water changes at the confluence – where Hart Springs flows into the Suwannee River.
The Suwannee's flow is dependent upon rainfall, and water levels can fluctuate greatly. One trip to Hart Springs may yield a river so high that the water bursts the banks to flood some of the nearby trails, while another outing reveals a river at historic lows, leaving dry creek beds and new trails long forgotten.
No two paddle trips are ever the same, and you are guaranteed to find something new to experience each time, be it the wildlife, plants or people you meet. So, come back and see us next time too.
Kayaking up river and against the river’s current may be difficult for some.
Hart Springs Operations
Hart Springs is open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., but plan for safety and return from your paddling adventure at least one hour before the park closes. We offer Canoe and Kayak rentals, Pontoon Boat Rentals, John Boat Rentals, Golf Cart Rentals, and RV rentals by reservation for this park.
For additional information on adventures by AOA, please email us at email@example.com or call (352) 507-0059
While visiting the park it is important to remember it's all connected!
These springs reflect the quality of water that we use every day. Please only swim in designated areas to avoid damaging sensitive areas, which are susceptible to erosion and pollution. Always remember to clean up trash and belongings that you bring into the park and remember: together we can protect ...the Real Florida.
Scenic Trails and Boardwalks
Take a scenic stroll on our half-mile long boardwalk, that rises high above the waters level to give an excellent view of the spring and world below. The walk is open and breezy, with several overlooks. Follow it down the spring run to view the amazing convergence of the spring run merging with the dark water of the historic Suwannee River. Finally enjoy the scenic Suwannee River, the mesmerizing cypress hammocks and upland pine trails. When the boardwalk turns away from the river, it crosses a willow marsh and winds through the cypress swamps before ending at the campground.
Along the boardwalk and the trails take in the view of a large variety of topography, ecosystems, wildlife and habitats that exist for you to experience. As you explore the trail you might discover a geocache, an arrowhead or two, a canopy of trees with an entire orchestra of birds that can drown out every other sound, and maybe even a wayward deer.
Listen carefully and you might hear some of the wildlife that call this park home, such as the red-shouldered hawk, barred owl, great blue heron and pileated woodpecker.
Hart Springs in a nutshell
Encounter floodplains, hammocks, forested canopies, sinkholes and karst topography as you meander this path. The trail changes seasonally, so enjoy the color of North Florida's fall foliage. In spring you can see the bright flowers in both the canopy and on the ground.
Enjoy the quiet solitude of the woods and refresh your senses as you discover there is so much more to Hart Springs than the spring alone.