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Juniper Prairie Wilderness

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Address: Ocala, FL
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking
Description: More than 14,000 acres in Ocala National Forest, this area is diverse with...
More than 14,000 acres in Ocala National Forest, this area is diverse with prairies, pine flatwoods, marshes and a subtropical jungle.
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Don't Miss, Ocala National Forest

Since moving to the Ocala area over 2 years ago the main reason I did has never disappointed me. I moved here as a second residence from the congestion of Tampa Bay where after... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 20, 2014
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Since moving to the Ocala area over 2 years ago the main reason I did has never disappointed me. I moved here as a second residence from the congestion of Tampa Bay where after 17 years things really felt like they were closing in and I needed to get back to nature. Juniper Prairie is one of the more scenic... More 

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Cedar Key, Florida, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

First visit to these springs today with a friend and 8 year old son. The setting is beautiful! Families everywhere. Full amenities. Will come back for the canoeing. It was a great day!

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Meda, Italy
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

I think this is the best place in Ocala National Forest. Very nice springs, but very cold!! There is a short but good trail behind the pool that allow you to reach the bubbles!! Wonderful!

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silver springs
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

I am an outdoor enthusiast and had a great time here. All of Ocala's outdoor recreation places are great.

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Springfield, Missouri
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

I came here to hike the trail through fern hammock and the ocala nat forest to geocache. after a very hot day of hiking, the spring was so nice to jump into. there was only one other person there the day I came. the water is clear and cool. there are picnic benches close by. there is a boardwalk path... More 

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Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
40 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

This place is small, peaceful and beautiful. If you walk quietly on the trail you will be rewarded with more animal sightings. Near the end we were enchanted by an otter that contentedly swam and play in our view for probably twenty minutes or so. Bubbling springs at the end are really wonderful to see and you can camp nearby... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012 via mobile

Is a nice spring, a little too cloudy but good enjoyment. After you jumped the 3 ft ledge a couple of timesyou should take the trail by the big wheel. Is a short trail ( 1 mile ) but the reward is at the end.

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Ocala, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012 via mobile

Is just beautiful!! Well is charming and awesome too... We really to go there and swim in the safety area... Very nice nature park for picnic with the family :) a very special place almost magical!!!

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Tampa, Florida
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127 reviews 127 reviews
92 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

This is one of our favorite spring experiences. I first went in the 70s and couldn't wait to introduce my daughter to it. We like to go early in the morning before it fills up with folks. It was remodeled a few years ago to give it a nice respite/facility area and re-surfaced around the swimming hole. The Jumping Ledge... More 

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Miami, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

My son and I tent camped here over the Christmas holiday. The loop campgrounds are well laid out, and have nice privacy for the most part. Grills and extruded wire picnic tables are provided and are in good repair. Campsite had been raked prior to our arrival. The entire campground is well maintained...bathrooms are spotless, and the showers are clean... More 

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