East Side Three-Day Tour

East Side Three-Day Tour

This tour is great if you’re heading onto the byway from the eastern corridor. This tour will not keep you from seeing a good portion of the byway so don’t feel like you’re going to be confined to only the east side of the byway.

Day 1


  • Morning Pontoon Boat Ride on the St. Johns River in Astor (recommendation: Capt. Ernie).
  • Have lunch nearby in Astor or Volusia (recommend: Blackwater Inn, William’s Landing or Castaways).
  • Visit one of the Springs: Juniper Springs (SR 40) or Alexander Springs (CR 445).
  • Fern Hammock Trail at Juniper Springs or the Boils Trail at Silver Glenn Springs.

Links: St. Johns River Tours, Blackwater Inn, Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs, Silver Glen Springs


Day 2


  • Two early morning options hiking or canoeing:
  • Hiking: Get an early start and be on the Yearling Trail by 8:00 to see some wildlife
  • Canoeing: Juniper Creek Run (4 hours) – from Juniper Springs; a 7-mile run along a narrow, crystal-clear creek
  • Or Alexander Springs Run (3 hours) – Alexander Springs Recreation Area; a 5 mile run along a wide open creek.
  • Have lunch nearby in Silver Springs and grab a Whoopie Pie at Sweet Jane’s Candy Shop.
  • Visit Silver Springs Nature Park – to see gators, birds and the glass bottom boats.

Links: The Yearling Trail, Juniper Run, Alexander Run, Sweet Jane’s Candy Shop, Silver River Nature Park


Day 3


  • Pack a picnic basket or cooler with steaks and head up US 17 to Welaka (near Crescent City).
  • Take the Fort Gates Ferry from the Welaka side across Little Lake George.
  • Head south on SR 19 to Salt Springs Observation Trail for a short hike to the deck on Salt Spring Run.
  • Then head South on SR 19 and either east on SR 40 toward Barberville Pioneer Settlement or west toward Silver Springs Nature Park.

Links: Fort Gates Ferry, Salt Springs Observation Trail, Barberville Pioneer Settlement for the Arts