Dunnellon, Florida


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Rainbow Springs State Park turns 25 this year and as a celebration, our rangers will be doing narrative walks through the park on the 25th of every month. If you are interested in going on the tour, you can meet up at 10 am under the veranda. The walks will include interesting facts about our ecosystem, developments and history of the park. The tour is FREE and We would love to see you there.


CRACKER DAYS are here again and we are excited to see you there. This year, Cracker Days have been scheduled The weekend of February 22 & 23 from 10am-4pm. Find out more about this event on our events page!

The Friends of Rainbow Springs State Park group will have booths at two upcoming events. The first booth will be set up March 7 & 8 at the Extension Center in Ocala for the Master Gardener's event and the second booth will be set up at Silver Springs State Park March 14th & 15th for the annual Springs Fest. Come see us at either of these events and find out more about the park and how you can get involved!

KINDERGARTEN DAYS.  We are planning for 2021!

Our Mission

The Friends of Rainbow Springs State Park, Inc. (FORS) exists to promote community interest in Rainbow Springs State Park and to assist in the Florida Park Service mission of providing resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.


Thank you for visiting the Friends of Rainbow Springs State Park website where we will do our best to keep you all up-to-date on the latest happenings at the park.


We are in need of volunteers for the following projects:

Monday Crew: Our Monday Crew completes a various list of projects on a weekly basis.

Parking Crew: Additional Parking Crew members are needed for our special events.

Gift Shop: Our gift shop will be getting new flooring and we need volunteers to help move the furniture into a storage unit. then back into the gift shop again. Furniture will be moved out 1/25 & 1/26 then we will be moving it back in 2/1 & 2/2. If you can help, please call up to the gift shop. The gift shop is also in need of volunteers to assist with inventory on Mondays.

Latest News

Habitat Restoration is in Progress. Please excuse our dust! Rainbow Springs State Park is currently working on restoring the Sand Hill habitat located near the tubing facility on 180 Ave. This is the beginning phase of a long term restoration project that will include removing trees that are not native to Sand Hills, prescribed burning, invasive plant control, and replanting trees and native ground cover that are historically found in Sand Hill habitat. Creating this habitat is essential to maintaining a good aquifer. If you have any questions, please contact Park Service Specialist Michael Good by email Michael.Good@FloridaDEP.gov

Of note: There will be a barbless fence going up around the new Sandhill area which will let critters in. The fencing will be put up from 180th to the tubing exit.

OUR GIFT SHOP WILL BE CLOSED 1/25 - 2/2 in order to have new flooring installed. We apologize for any inconvenience.

CONTROLLED BURNS run February through July. we will do our best to let you know when we schedule them.

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