We putin at KP Hole and paddle upstream to the gorgeous springhead, where there is a nice hiking trail with its own waterfall, and then paddle downstream to the takeout at Centennial Park on The Withlacochee River S in Dunnellon. Just before we reach Centennial Park you will notice the river changing from clear to a dark tannin color; this is where the Rainbow ends and The Withlacoochee River S begins; just south of Dunnellon's Beautiful City Beach. Along the way downstream on the Rainbow there are numerous spots to get out and cool off in the clear water in warm weather months.
The Rainbow River is formed by a first magnitude spring (Rainbow Springs) that is ranked fourth in the state for volume of discharge. In addition to the springs located at the headwaters, there are many smaller springs that discharge from numerous caves, rock crevices, and sand boils the entire length of the river. The Rainbow River is a gently winding river that is 5.7 miles long and merges with the Withlacoochee River at Dunnellon Florida. The headwaters, Rainbow Springs, is the anchor for the Rainbow Springs State Park. This first magnitude spring is not one large vent but is numerous vents that issue 400 - 600 million gallons of crystalline water every day. The Rainbow Springs State Park is a popular destination to swim, snorkel, canoe, picnic, camp or stroll on the walking paths to enjoy the many plants and animals that abound here.
*NON-DISPOSABLE CONTAINERS ONLY ON THE RAINBOW; STRICT FINES IMPOSED FOR HAVING DISPOSABLE BOTTLES, CONTAINERS OR CHIP BAGS**...USE TUPPERWARE CONTAINERS FOR CHIPS, SANDWICHES etc.
We will run our own shuttle.
Bring your lunch and plenty to drink.
Takeout at Centennial Park: 12196 S. Williams St, Dunnellon, 34430
CLICK on link for park info: http://www.floridastateparks.org/rainbowsprings/