The Rainbow River

Dunnellon, Florida



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General Information

Rainbow Springs Park Fees

The Park is open from 8 a.m. until sunset 365 days a year.

Admission Fees and Other Costs:

State Park Entrance At The Head Springs:

Picnic Pavilion Rental Fees:

State Park Entrance and Parking Fees at the tuber entrance: $5.00 per vehicle with up to 8 people in a vehicle.

Camping Fee:


Driving Directions

To the Rainbow Springs State Park:

From I-75, exit west onto State Road 40 at Ocala. Take State Road 40, west until it dead ends at U.S. 41. Turn left (south), and travel about 1/2 mile, the park entrance is on the left-hand side (east) of the U.S. 41.

From Tampa, take U.S. 41, north. Drive through the town of Dunnellon. The park is located on the right-hand side (east) of the road, approximately 2.5 miles north of Dunnellon.

From areas in the northwest, take U.S. 41 to the town of Williston. After passing through Williston, you will drive south and you will come to a traffic light where State Road 40 has come to a dead end. Go through this light; the park entrance is on the left-hand side (east) of the road.

Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 S.W. 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432
(352) 465-8555


To the Campground:

The campground is separate from the headsprings day use area and is located 2.5 miles north of C.R. 484 off of S.W. 180th Avenue or 2.5 miles south of Highway 40 off of S.W. 180th Avenue.

Rainbow Springs State Park Campground
18185 S.W. 94th Street
Dunnellon, FL 34432
(352) 465-8550


To the Marion County Park - The K.P. Hole:

The Marion County Park known as The K.P. Hole. It is located about 1.5 miles down river from the Rainbow Springs State Park and offers limited public facilities for swimming, cooking out, tub rentals, canoe rentals, dive flag rentals, restroom facilities, etc. The daily entry fee is $3.00 per person, and children under 5 years old are free.

Click here for rental information: Rental Information.

Click here for price a list: Price List.

Pets & alcohol are not allowed at the K.P. Hole; service animals are always welcome.

Hours of Operation:
Summer: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Winter: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Marion County Park - The K.P. Hole
9435 S.W. 190th Ave Rd
Dunnellon, FL 34432
(352) 489-3055

Click here for detailed driving directions: Detailed Driving Directions.


Important NOTICE for those interested in tubing The Rainbow River.

The K. P. Hole has very limited parking. Once the parking lot is full the park closes until parking spaces open up. If you park on the street or on private property you will be ticketed and your vehicle towed. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the parking lots are usually full by 10:00. If you are coming to The Rainbow River to tube down the river a better alternative to the K. P. Hole is the new State Park facility on the east side of the river.

The State Park's new Tubing Entrance to the park is located at 10830 S.W. 180th Ave Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432 on the east side of river. From here you can rent a tube, ride the tram up river and then float back to your point of origin, not needing a second vehicle. The float trip is approximately one and one-half hours long, depending on wind. And after floating down the river you can show your receipt for free admission to the headsprings area of the park at the US 41 entrance for a day of picnicking, nature study, swimming and family fun.

Using the State's new tubing facility you will enter the river upriver from the river from the K. P. Hole. Your tubing trip will be about 2 hours long if you use the State's take out on the east side of the river. If you leave from the K. P. Hole the tubing trip will be about 4 hours to the State Road 484 bridge take out. If you use the State's new tubing facility and decide you would like a longer day on the river, once you finish the 2 hour trip, you exit the river and then take the tram back up river for another 2 hour float. You will need to pay for the second tubing trip.

There are several advantages to doing the "double dip". Your vehicle is located at the State's take out facility along with restrooms and other facilities. If some in your group do not want to spend another 2 hours on the river they are not forced to continue. If the weather is bad you are not stuck on the river in a lightning storm. The first 2 hours of the float is on the best part of the river: the water is clearer, cleaner and the scenery is much better. If you want to take a break and have a bite to eat, your vehicle is right there for you to access drinks and food - which are not allowed on the river.


Please Note: This site is not associated with the State Park, Marion County or their facilities. If you have questions about the the K.P. Hole, the State Park, or their related activities, camping, canoeing, scuba diving, tubing, lodging, etc. you need to use the address and phone numbers listed on this site to contact the appropriate office or department.