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Old 05-07-2013, 08:24 AM   #1
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Rainbow Springs SP, Florida

Has anyone stayed at Rainbow Springs? I see there are three loops A,B and C and wondering if one is preferable. We are already planning next springs return trip north so we don't get blocked out of some of the state parks that fill up quickly.
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We've never been to Rainbow Springs, but it's not far from Manatee Springs State Park, which we enjoyed very much. The sites at Manatee Springs are all nice, pretty much can't go wrong with any of them.
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We've never been to Rainbow Springs, but it's not far from Manatee Springs State Park, which we enjoyed very much. The sites at Manatee Springs are all nice, pretty much can't go wrong with any of them.
Thanks Yarcola, I agree with you on you can't go wrong with any of them. We try to plan our winter escape from snow by visiting Florida state parks on the way to and from the Keys where we stay for the winter.
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I have stayed at Rainbow Springs, it is a great park. Site #50 is the largest site having a full pull through, plenty of vegetation, and level. One thing though, you will need at least 15' of sewer hose. At least I did as I couldn't reach both the electric and sewer so I opted for the electric. Since then I bought a sewer hose extension. OH, you'll want to take the tubing down the river trip. It leaves from the park and returns you there. At the time I did it, cost was $10 including tube rental and transportation.
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We enjoy things on the quieter side, not so busy, maybe a little more privacy? We found nearby (10 miles?) Ross Prairie suited us much better. Nearly vacant much of the time, sites 2-5 face the woods, fairly level pull throughs. Good access to I75 via 484, maybe 15 miles? Lots of walking/mountain biking trails, but the local emphasis is horses (typical for the Ocala area).
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We have stayed there a couple of times. It is a nice park. Make sure you go up to the spring and walk around all the beautiful landscaping and flowers. It is a short drive over to Ocala and all the attractions there.
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Thanks everyone. We stayed last month at Silver River SP, just outside Ocala. The park is very nice but the actual river part is only a small launch for kayaks and a good hike from everything. The museum there is only open weekends and we were there only during the week so we missed it. We would stay there again but wanted to check out Rainbow springs next spring. We carry extensions for sewer, water and electric so that is not a problem.
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Mark, re: the museum, you didn't miss much. We did the hike to the river and weren't very impressed either. Nice park though. If you liked Silver River, safe bet you'll enjoy Rainbow Springs. Both near impossible to get sites without booking well in advance for weekends, 2-3 weeks for week days. The one loop is tents only. I don't think there's going to be a lot of difference regarding the other 2? We stayed in #27, found it as nice as any others we saw. Notes say next time we'll try for 13-22 as there's a trail that runs in back of them that might make walking the dogs a little easier.
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Mark, re: the museum, you didn't miss much. We did the hike to the river and weren't very impressed either. Nice park though. If you liked Silver River, safe bet you'll enjoy Rainbow Springs. Both near impossible to get sites without booking well in advance for weekends, 2-3 weeks for week days. The one loop is tents only. I don't think there's going to be a lot of difference regarding the other 2? We stayed in #27, found it as nice as any others we saw. Notes say next time we'll try for 13-22 as there's a trail that runs in back of them that might make walking the dogs a little easier.
Many thanks on the trail tip as we have two furry friends that need walks too. We will be booking the site 11 months ahead so no worry on availability, I hope. Some of the Florida parks require precision when reserving so we are used to planning way ahead and crossing our fingers.
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We are heading there Saturday for a week then over to Salt Springs National Forest Campground. Rainbow is a nice park ut shade trees are few. We make a few trips each year there and enjoy our tube trips and swim in the 72 degree water. The remark about the sewer location is right for just about every site. We stay in site 2, or 3 when possible. Site 3 is a 80' pull through with a good satellite view.
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We are heading there Saturday for a week then over to Salt Springs National Forest Campground. Rainbow is a nice park ut shade trees are few. We make a few trips each year there and enjoy our tube trips and swim in the 72 degree water. The remark about the sewer location is right for just about every site. We stay in site 2, or 3 when possible. Site 3 is a 80' pull through with a good satellite view.
Thanks Bailiff. I looked at the Google satellite view of the park and the photos at reserve America and site 3 looks huge. Pull through is nice when you can get it too. Sewer connection is no problem. We have an extension hose and if it is really far away a macerator and enough hose to reach anywhere.

We are waiting now to be in the reservation window for next spring.
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