De Leon Springs State Park

De Leon Springs
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Open to the public every day of the year, there's a lot of nature to enjoy here. De Leon Springs is a naturally round swimming area where guests are more than welcome to swim, snorkel, and scuba dive in the pretty clear waters. The springs used to power a sugar cane mill and later a grist mill that turned corn into flour during the Civil War. Now you'll find trails for hikers, walkers, and runners. Visitors can enjoy viewing the wildlife and subtropical forest that is home to a large, old cypress tree. There is a boat tour that visitors can check out that take you through the De Leon Springs State Park and Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge and a playground for the younger kids as well as picnic pavilions and a restaurant.