Astor boasts some of Florida’s most scenic attractions, perfect for visitors eager to explore the outdoors. Completely surrounded by the Ocala National Forest, the community is largely dependent on maritime business, as well as tourism, thanks to the St. Johns River watershed. Astor is conveniently located between Lake George and Lake Dexter with Florida’s State Road 40 bringing most vehicular traffic to the town’s riverfront scene.


St. Johns River

Florida’s longest river stretches 310 miles from the headwaters of Blue Cypress Lake to just east of Jacksonville, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The waterway provides many commercial, recreational and ecological benefits to Astor, Florida, as well as the outlying countryside. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy multiple fishing, birdwatching and camping sites along the river, owing to the natural beauty and warm waters of its middle basin.

Lake George

The largest body of water along St. Johns River, Lake George supports local canoe and kayaking activities. Tourists frequently travel by boat down the river before arriving at Lake George’s sprawling watershed. Considered a freshwater lake, multiple run-off creeks and springs raise the water’s salinity, due to underground marine salt deposits. This results in an ecosystem that can sustain blue crab, striped bass and other oceanic species. The brackish water supports a thriving fishing industry, able to bring in both a freshwater and saltwater catch.

Silver Glen Springs

Although numerous smaller creeks empty into Lake George, Silver Glen Springs is perhaps the most notable waterway. The clear water maintains a year-round temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit, drawing both humans and wildlife alike. During the cooler months of the year, visitors might spot groups of manatees seeking refuge in warmer waters. Swimming and snorkeling is permitted, although scuba diving is not allowed. Silver Glen Springs remains a popular canoeing, kayaking and boating destination, regardless of the season.

Ocala National Forest

This 387,000-acre national park is full of more than just trees, boasting over 600 lakes and rivers. Most visitors to Astor will drive through parts of the Ocala National Forest on their way to the community’s local attractions. In fact, nearly 100 miles of paved roadway is accessible for commuters and tourists looking to enjoy a scenic experience. Dogs must be leased, but are welcome on many trails and other areas. A nominal fee is required to access some sections of the forest.

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