Our May 2020 rally will be in Salt Springs Recreation Area in the Ocala National Forest. Dates are 5/14-18. From the website:: “Salt Springs Recreation Area is one the recreational jewels of the Ocala National Forest, with a spectacular natural mineral spring that gives the area its name. Plenty of outdoor activities keep campers and day-use visitors busy, including swimming in the springs, fishing, snorkeling, hiking and boating. Salt Springs is located between the St. Johns and Ocklawaha Rivers, 35 miles east of Ocala, Florida.”
We hope to paddle the Ocklawaha River and explore the forest (there are three other beautiful, accessible springs, a cross-Florida barge canal and Rodman Damn). Bring kayaks, bathing suits, masks and snorkels, bicycles, skateboards, fishing poles, hiking shoes, fire wood. Sorry, no golf carts. There is a boat ramp in the park and a marina to launch your boat or rent kayaks. The Salt Spring run leads into Lake George. Since the spring is a constant 72 degrees, and is shallow, it is always swimmable.
Reservations are through https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233920. A National Park senior pass secures a $16/night full hook up. The host camp site will (hopefully) be site 44 – see campground map. There is an open-sided pavilion we will try to reserve with electricity and tables for group meals. This campground offers plenty of “walk up” sites for late joiners. Itinerary will follow.
JOHN AND KATHIE WALKER