Parks and Recreation

Dunnellon City Parks

The hours of operation for most parks are sunrise to dusk.

Blue Run of Dunnellon Park – 19680 E. Pennsylvania Avenue – Acquired in 2008 through a grant from the Florida Communities Trust, this park provides walking/birding trails, a 3-acre pond, access to the Rainbow River for kayaking, and is a popular exit point for visitors and residents tubing along the river.

The Dunnellon Trail offers an easy-on access via the Blue Run Park where bikers and hikers can park, unload and take a moment to observe the crystal clear waters of the Rainbow River and watch as tubers climb out of the cooling spring-fed-river. On the return leg of the trail, hikers and bikers can go past the blue Run Trailhead spur and continue a short way onto Bridges Road Trailhead for a deeper woodsy path.


Centennial Park and State of Florida Boat Ramp Facility – 12196 S. Williams Street – Located along the banks of the Withlacoochee River behind City Hall, this park includes a boat ramp, floating dock, picnic tables, restroom facilities, large deck w/bench seating, open grassy area sloping down to the river. Great place for events including concerts, sunrise services, and fishing tournaments.

Chaplin A. Dinkins, III Memorial Park – 12099 Palmetto Court – Located at the convergence of the Withlacoochee and Rainbow Rivers, this park offers a beautiful setting for swimming, picnics, and grilling out while enjoying a day in the sunshine. Picnic tables, restroom facilities, playground equipment are provided for your enjoyment. There is a $1.00 per person fee for ages three and up. Great setting for birthday parties. Parking availability is limited; we encourage carpooling.

Datesman Park – 12050 S. Ohio Street – Overflow parking provided at this location for both cars and trailers using the local boat ramp facility. There is a gazebo located on the property.

Ernie Mills Park – 11899 Bostick Street – This park is one of the city’s more spacious recreational properties providing a jogging track, playground, concession stand, BBQ grills, picnic tables, and a covered staging area. This park is used quite often for birthday parties, concerts, community celebrations, and is the popular location for the city sponsored Movies in the Park.

L.O. Robinson Park – 20980 West Highway 40 – This playground was constructed and funded by Charles Dillon,III local contractor and former city councilman in honor of the late Councilman L.O. Robinson.

Reservations: If you would like to reserve one of our parks please email our public services department.

County Parks

K P Hole County Park
9435 SW 190 Avenue Rd
Dunnellon Florida 34432
Phone Number: 352-489-3055

Amenities: Beach, boat ramps, canoe rental, concessions, hand launch, monofilament, picnic pavilion, restrooms, swimming, tubing, wildlife.

State Parks

Rainbow Springs State Park – Florida State Parks Information Center
19158 SW 81st Place Rd
Dunnellon, FL 34432
Phone: 352-465-8555

Amenities: Swimming, hiking nature trail, picnic pavilion and tubing, all on the Rainbow River in Dunnellon. Campground sites also available along the Rainbow River.

State Forest and Trailheads

Goethe State Forest – Florida Forest Service
9110 SE County Rd. 337
Dunnellon, FL 34431
Phone: 352-465-8585
Fax: 352-465-8515

Total Acreage: 53,587

Goethe Brochure

Amenities: Trails, hiking, biking, great Florida birding trail, primitive camping, fishing, hunting, pavilion, picnic tables, grills. Leased pets allows (contact the forest office for specific information regarding pets).

Dunnellon Trail

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway Connection

Location: Dunnellon
Length: 2.5 miles
Lat-Lon: 29.03125, -82.45610 (CR 39) or 29.043703, -82.435858 (Bridges Rd)
Type: Linear
Fees / Permits: Free
Difficulty: Easy
Bug factor: Moderate to high
Restroom: None

Discover 51 miles of adventure on an unforgettable hike and spend a night camping under the Florida stars at Pruitt Trailhead. With its canopied hiking trails and scenic views, this is a can’t-miss destination for Central Florida visitors. Novice and experienced hikers alike can take in Florida’s unique wildlife while off-road bikers can make use of the rugged terrain to go on the ride of their life. It also provides access to some of the best horseback riding trails in the area, making it a prime destination for serious riders.


Pruitt Trailhead

15430 Southwest County Highway 484 Dunnellon, FL 34432
Phone: 352-236-7111
Fax: 352-750-3342

Length: 10.4 miles
Lat-Long: 29.044856, -82.377631
Type: round-trip
Fees / Permits: free permit required for random primitive camping, no permit required for FTA members
Difficulty: moderate to difficult
Bug factor: moderate to high
Restroom: portable toilet at trailhead

Florida Trail, Pruitt to Ross Prairie

Length: 6.2 miles
Lat-Long: 29.044856, -82.377631 (Pruitt Trailhead); 29.048199, -82.288598 (SR 200 crossing), 29.038717, -82.295367 (Ross Prairie Trailhead)
Type: Linear
Fees / Permits: None unless you are camping, which requires a free permit
Difficulty: moderate
Bug factor: low to moderate
Restroom: Portable toilet at Pruitt Trailhead, restrooms with showers at Ross Prairie Trailhead.

Ross Prairie Campground and Trailhead

Located on the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
10660 Southwest Highway 200 Dunnellon, FL 34432
Phone: 352-427-4436
Fax: 352-854-2900

Lat-Long: 29.03833, -82.29611 29°2’18″N, 82°17’46″W

Fees / Permits:
Bug factor:

Restroom: Restrooms with showers at Ross Prairie Trailhead

Gates close at 7 P.M. during daylight savings time

Amenities: Large paved parking with a picnic pavilion, bathhouse/restroom, two horse wash racks are located in the campground. There are miles of hiking and equestrian trails, Picnic tables are located at each campsite and fire rings are at the pavilions and at the equestrian sites. There are 15 pull-thru sites with water and electric; 5 sites have 50-amps, and 10 sites have 30-amps. Dump stations