On our last day in Silver Springs State Park, we kayaked by the springs and the Fort King Paddle Trail. We did the loop a couple times. Being Saturday and a holiday week-end, it was much more congested. Nevertheless, we still saw a lot of wildlife including a Barred Owl. If it had not hooted, I would not have seen it. Much of the wildlife is very close. If you are not careful, you can bump into a turtle or alligator. They must be used to the relative safety of the area because most of them are not skittish.
This little loop on the paddle trail and the springs is easily one of my favorite kayak trips. The wildlife is amazing. If you find a place to safely anchor yourself, you can sit and watch the wildlife for hours. I particularly enjoy watching the Anhingas fish.