At Sugarmill Restaurant and Bakery located beside the spring-fed waters at the park visitors grill their own pancakes at the table.
Before eating, a walk through the Cypress swamp seems like a haunted trail. There’s a boardwalk for part of the trail near the Information Center and the swimming and boating area.
See the Cypress knees. These structures grow near the roots of the tree. Their exact function is not known. They may help oxygenate or anchor the trees.
Visit a tree known as Old Methusalah. Over 500 years old it survived the time in the early 1900’s when most Cypress trees were cut for lumber.
Azaleas at the end of the hike were the most beautiful sight of the day.
Now to the pancakes.
The griddle heats.
The pancakes sprinkled with blueberries cook on the hot griddle.
Jerry turns the cakes. He loves pancakes!
Eating blueberry pancakes hot off the griddle and drenched in maple syrup with bacon.
As is expected at Florida tourist spots, there is stuff for sale.
After pancakes we hiked at nearby Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge expecting to see and photograph birds. We saw coots and turtles. Perhaps morning and evening are better for birding than early afternoon. Maybe next time we will be luckier.
DeLeon Springs State Park is located at 601 Ponce de Leon boulevard, De Leon Springs, Florida in the central part of the state. Because of the long St. John’s River, extensive aquifers, underground caves, and springs in Florida as well as early settlement by native peoples and Europeans, it is one of many with waterways and historic sights.
Learn more about this park at
Enjoy those pancakes. (We had a long wait on a sunny Sunday)