All about Dunnellon
Dunnellon is a town near Ocala, Florida, which offers a variety of attractions, eco-tourism and history contained within a safe, small town atmosphere. Dunnellon began as a wild boomtown during the area’s rich phosphate mining days, but today is a peaceful retreat away from the stressful cities and other tourist spots. Each spring the town relives its’ historic past with the weekend-long Boomtown Days Festival. Dunnellon also has a registered Historic District with a variety of gift shops and antique stores, and a Historical Railroad Depot Museum and Country Store. Rainbow Springs State Park is close by and offers swimming, tubing, picnicking, canoeing, snorkeling, camping and relaxing, and the KP Hole County Park offers canoe and tube rentals. The town of Dunnellon has a city beach located at the point where the Rainbow and Withlacoochee Rivers converge. There is a beach available for visitors, along with picnic tables and a playground for children. Dunnellon is also well known for its’ excellent large mouth bass fishing which seems to be the best on Lake Rousseau and the Withlacoochee River. If you are looking for a quick excursion to salt water, the Gulf of Mexico is just a short drive from Dunnellon.
Dunnellon offers some exciting and unique amenities all at a cost you can afford!
Images from Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon. Great activities here include: Hiking, Birding, Canoeing & Kayaking, Swimming/Tubing, Snorkeling, Picnicking and Camping.
Rainbow Springs and the Rainbow River
The Rainbow River is a crystal clear fresh water paradise enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Fishing, canoeing, swimming and tubing are a great way to see the river. Rainbow Springs State Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the United States and is in the heart of Dunnellon.
Archaeological evidence indicates that people have been using this spring for nearly 10,000 years. Rainbow Springs is Florida's fourth largest spring and, from the 1930s through the 1970s, was the site of a popular, privately-owned attraction. The Rainbow River is popular for swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, and kayaking. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at both the headsprings and the campground. A picnic area at the spring includes tables, grills, and pavilions.
Great golf at very affordable rates
If you're used to paying high greens fees and playing on jam packed golf courses you'll be pleasantly surprised to play golf in the Dunnellon/Ocala area. There are dozens of top notch golf courses in Marion county with winter greens fees under $40. Summer rates are as low as $18 with cart!
Some of our favorite public and semi private courses include:
Great horse riding / equestrian areas
There is no limit to the equine activities visitors can choose from. For recreational riding, one can ride on trails in the scenic Ocala National Forest and the Florida Greenway. It's an exciting way to experience some of Florida's most naturally diversified areas.
The Greenway Trail System was created from land that was originally intended to be used for the creation of a Cross Florida Barge Canal. The 70,000-acre, 110-mile long corridor is a multiuse recreation and conservation area that can be enjoyed by people and wildlife in Florida. Riders on the Greenway will pass through a collection of landscapes capturing the natural beauty of Florida. Trails offer two different difficulty levels: laid-back relaxing rides and more challenging areas with a variety of obstacles.
The Greenway land is a mile-wide corridor that bisects Marion County, crossing I-75 near the southern most exit of I-75 in the county. An innovative project created a land bridge over the Interstate suitable for wildlife and trail users alike. The project is the first of its kind in the United States, incorporating established trails and natural vegetation and linking trails on both sides of the highway. Ocala trail riders also enjoy traveling a short distance to established equestrian areas in the Withlacoochee State Forest and Goethe State Park.
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