Trail at old Silver River State Park

Before the state acquired Silver Springs, they ran Silver River State Park which was the old Paradise Park. Paradise Park was the African-American attraction when Silver Springs, was for whites only in the “Separate but Equal” days. Silver Springs owners wanted to attract African-American guests as well to the attraction but that was a no-no in Florida at the time, so they created a similar attraction a mile down the road. Now both are united as part of the Silver Springs State Park, which was created in 2013.

Below is a video of a trail in the former Paradise Park near the Silver River.

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