Artifacts and fossils of mastodon mammoths and paleo Indians dating back approximately 9,840 years ago have been found in the Silver River. Native American tribes like the Tamaqua and the Seminole Indians once lived here along the River using it’s many natural resources for food and shelter. Silver Springs was a hot spot for tourism after the civil war. Silver Springs was the first Florida tourist attraction and became a registered National Natural Landmark in 1971. The state of Florida took over the privately owned attraction in October of 2013 and have made some major improvements.
Our kayak tour touches base on the recognized history and even on some of the untold stories of times past, that is if we have time between talking about all the amazing local wildlife we see. To me…Silver Springs is a unique and captivating natural habitat and I am blessed and proud to explain, explore and bring awareness of the beauty and importance of this Florida Treasure.
Greg Braswell – Owner/Guide, Florida Native & UF Master Naturalist
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