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Green Springs Park

Green Springs Park covers 36 acres of pristine nature and has one of Florida's few green sulfur springs. Visitors can enjoy paved and natural trails, scenic overlooks, a playground, restrooms and picnic pavilions.

The park has been an important landmark throughout the history of Volusia County from the time of early Native American settlements to the steamboat era when Enterprise was the final destination on the St. Johns River. Native Americans, including the Mayaca and Seminoles, considered the land sacred because they thought the sulfur water in the springs was healing.

In 1841, Cornelius Taylor built a hotel on top of a once-massive shell mound at the end of the spring run where it enters Lake Monroe. The spring was the main attraction of Taylor's “hotel for invalids” on the lakefront – one of Florida's first health spas. The hotel attracted tourists in the mid-1800s who wanted to enjoy the St. Johns River and recuperate from various illnesses.

By 1883, Green Springs was part of the large estate of wine importer and steamboat baron Frederick DeBary, who used it to entertain guests from DeBary Hall. Well into the 20th century, the site still attracted tourists who were struck by what one observer called the spring's “delicate green waters.”

The park is also a trailhead to both the Spring-to-Spring Trail and the East Central Regional Rail Trail.

Traveling northwest from the park trailhead the final segment of the Spring to Spring trail provides a mix of residential and commercial views just north of Lake Monroe. The Trail initially travels parallel with Perimeter Drive until it intersects with Jacob Brock Ave and Debary Ave. The Trail then continues alongside Debary Ave and ends at Maple Ave for a total of 2.22 miles.

Volusia County completed the first leg of the East Central Regional Rail Trail in 2012. The 12 feet wide paved MUP begins at the park trailhead and travels southeast 5.7 miles to SR 415 in Osteen. The trail occupies an abandoned rail corridor, which Florida purchased and leased to Volusia and Brevard counties for the express purpose of developing a trail. The move represents the longest rail-trail conversion in the state. When complete, the rail-trail will extend more than 52 miles between Enterprise and Edgewater, including a 10-mile leg to Titusville.

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Green Springs Park Boundary Trailhead

End of the Green Springs Park's internal trail.

Turn left at the intersection to access the final segment of Spring to Spring Trail, or turn right to access the East Central Regional Rail Trail.

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