Alexander Springs Recreation Area is located between Astor and Altoona to the east of SR 19 and the west of the St. Johns River and CR 445-A.
Where to launch:
We launch from under the CR 445-A bridge, and paddle upstream to the Alexander Springs Recreation Area.
No fees to launch from the bridge. There is a $2 fee to be paid to the park when you arrive there.
What to bring:
Enough water for a few hours in the sun
Depending on skill level, this paddle shouldn’t take more than 1 hour each way. It’s 1.2 miles each way, with the current helping you on the way back. We recommend taking 3 hours, so you have some time to swim and relax in the gorgeous swimming area at Alexander.
2.5 miles round trip
Things to see:
The gently sloped crystal-clear swimming area is perfect for kids to play and swim. The water is a constant 72°F and incredibly clear. Surrounded by a floodplain forest of maples, sweetgum and cabbage palms, this recreation area feels almost tropical. There’s a concession stand and restrooms, and plenty of area for BBQ-ing. Overall, this is a great place to spend some time with family and friends.
It can get pretty crowded in the spring and summer months, which are the best times (weather-wise) to visit. Planning to get there earlier in the day is always best, though there may be a good crowd even by mid-day.