DeLeon Springs State Park located in the town of DeLeon Springs. Before DeLeon Springs became a state park archeologists uncovered mounds dating as far back 6,000 BC. Many Native American tribes inhabited the area.
Rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboat and travel along 22,000 acres of lakes, creeks and marshes. Great Herons, Great Egrets and an Anhinga along the water’s edge. Lake Woodruff National Refuge next to DeLeon Springs State Park named after Joseph Woodruff who bought Spring Garden Plantation in the 1820s. Swim in the springs or rent an inner tube.
Ospreys, alligators, otters can be seen on a Fountain of Youth ECO/History boat tour through Lake Woodruff National Refuge. Have a picnic in one of the four pavilions for rent. Walk along a 4-mile Persimmon Trail. You might encounter deer, turkeys, wild hogs or a black bear. A 600-year-old cypress tree, hardwoods and other plants found along a half-mile paved nature trail.
Construction of the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House built around the turn of the century. Make your own pancakes, eggs and meats on the grill. Spring Garden Plantation Ruins located next to the restaurant. After several owners, all that remains of the spring-run sugar mill is the sugar train, sugar mill machinery and Mill Wheel constructed in the early 1830s. Hours of operation and fees are on the website.