Looking for route ideas around the springs.

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by Domromer, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    I'm coming down to Florida for a week long camping/ biking trip. I've already got a route that brings me down the east coast stopping at state parks and brings me as far as miami, then I'll ride the loop road and back up to Naples. From there the idea was to head up the coast and eventually work my way back on and explore the springs around the Santa Fe river area.

    Any route recommendations up that way? I grew up not far off in Flagler beach but never really explored much of the springs that weren't in the Ocala national forest or down towards Apopka and Orlando.

    Thanks,
    Dom
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  2. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    you're gonna need a canoe/kayak to enjoy most of the springs, particularly those on the Santa Fe. I've not been to all the spring but i have most, in a canoe or kayak, and the very best 'i've' found is Silver springs. launch your boat at the bridge on 40 and paddle up stream into silver river and up to silver springs. the water is chrystal clear the entire trip. ALL other rivers i've paddled in Fla are dark from tannic acid. just getting off the bike to look at a spring is over in 2 seconds and not rewarding. but, you can camp at Jenny Springs and dive or snorkel them. Jenny also rents canoes. rent a canoe from santa fe river outfitters and paddle down to jenny Springs. haven't heard from you on stromtroopers in a while...
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  3. Jack Daniel

    Jack Daniel See Ya At The Swamp

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    Rent a tube and float down towards the Sante Fe

    Here :deal
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  4. Jack Daniel

    Jack Daniel See Ya At The Swamp

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    Or come to Weeki Wachee and paddle the river, it's even better

    Let me know, I could arrange a no fee paddle :freaky
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  5. Domromer

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    Yeah I've been mostly just commuting lately and not doing many epic rides so yeah I've been absent from stormtrooper. In thinking of changing the front and rear suspension here soon so I'll be around more in the not too distant future. This trip is more about riding so I'm good with just checking out the springs and going for a quick swim. We will come back with the kayaks in a few months. I'll check out Jenny Springs, I don't belive I've been to that one. I've got loose plans to check out a bunch of the springs on the santa fe.
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