The community of Rainbow Springs is a deed restricted neighborhood situated alongside the Rainbow River in Marion County, about 20 miles southwest of Ocala. This subdivision of Dunnellon, Florida consists of more than 3000 homes. The geography is mostly rolling hills with oak and pine forests teaming with song birds and native wildlife.
The focal point of the area is Rainbow Springs, formerly known as Blue Spring, a first-magnitude artesian spring. The spring formation is the fourth-largest in Florida, and spews out over 490 million gallons of freshwater every day. Rainbow Springs forms the headwaters of the Rainbow River, which flows into the Withlacoochee River. There is even a private beach on the Rainbow River for residents to use.
The entire Rainbow River was designated as a Registered Natural Landmark in 1972, an Aquatic Preserve in 1986, and an "Outstanding Florida Waterway" in 1987. In 1990 the land around the headwaters of the springs was purchased by the State of Florida to save it from development and creating the Rainbow Springs State Park. The Rainbow Springs swimming area is popular summer destination within the Rainbow Springs State Park.
The park also offers up gardens, waterfalls and nature trails for hiking. In early spring the entire headsprings area bursts into pink, purple, and white with its famous azalea blooms. There is also a campground and a variety of activities, such as ranger-guided walks, snorkeling expeditions and canoe trips at different times of the year. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at the headsprings. A gift shop, snack bar and visitor center is also on site. The picnic pavilions are often reserved by families for weddings, reunions and gatherings.
The newly opened Rainbow Springs Club is available for use by the residents of the community. It features a community swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, Bache ball, pickleball, billiards, horseshoes, and a 9-hole Frisbee disk golf course. There is also a restaurant and a bar and grill to enjoy. The ballroom and banquet hall are available for special events as well as catering options.
Only minutes away from downtown Dunnellon, there is every convenience you could want; family owned eateries, fast food chains, drive-up snack bars, pubs and riverfront dining as well as antique and curiosity shops, in addition to grocery stores, drug stores and a Walmart. Small town, annual festivals are popular here also with the Christmas parade, 4th of July fireworks, Boomtown Days, Withlacoochee River Bluegrass Festival, Jazz Up Dunnellon, Historic Village Fest, and more.