Local Guides | Orlando

Explore Getaway Gilchrist Springs

Located just two hours outside of Orlando in High Springs, Fl, Getaway Gilchrist Springs is nestled in a bustling town with plenty of spots to explore. Here are a few of the spots we’d recommend you check out while you’re on your Getaway.

Walks in the Woods

River Sink Trail
Distance: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: easy
Dogs allowed
This trail takes about half an hour to complete, perfect for a quick morning hike through the pine forest around Santa Fe River and the area’s springs.

Paraners Branch Loop Trail
Distance: 4.4 miles
Difficulty: moderate
Dogs allowed

For a longer hike, check out Paraners Branch Loop, which takes about an hour and twenty minutes through shaded woods to complete.

Ginnie Springs
Distance: 3.3 miles
Difficulty: moderate
Dogs not allowed

Ginnie Springs is the perfect hike for the warmest summer days—this trail circles around the spring, and it’s a popular spot for swimming and tubing. There’s even a storefront near the entrance of this trail where you can rent kayaks and paddleboards to cool off in the spring.

Sustenance and Snacks

High Springs Farmer’s Market
~ 14 minutes from Outpost
To support local farmers and get a taste of the area, head to High Springs Farmer’s Market to stock up on ingredients for your favorite campfire recipes.

Bev’s Burger Café
~ 16 minutes from Outpost
Head to Bev’s Burger Café after a late morning hike for the best burgers in town before heading back to your cabin for a nap.

High Springs Brewing Company
~ 14 minutes from Outpost
Try some local brews at the family-owned and operated, High Springs Brewing Company.

Things to Do Around the Outpost

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
~ 35 minutes from Outpost
Head to Kanapaha Botanical Gardens to stroll through 24 collections of beautiful flowers and other plants. This botanical garden also includes the state’s largest public display of bamboos.

Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
~ 26 minutes from Outpost
This natural landmark has been drawing crowds since the 1880s—you’ll find a 120-feet deep natural bowl-shaped sinkhole with a beautiful rainforest within it.

Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History
~ 35 minutes from Outpost
Head to the Florida Museum of Natural History to step into their Butterfly Rainforest to get up close to hundreds of butterflies, birds, turtles, and fish. This is the perfect day trip from the Outpost for families.

Ready to book an escape to Getaway Gilchrist Springs? Reserve your cabin today.