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Juniper Prairie Wilderness

Ocala, FL
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Ranked #20 of 30 Attractions in Ocala
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking
Description: 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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Meda, Italy
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
160 reviews 160 reviews
40 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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117 reviews 117 reviews
83 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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Ocala, FL
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2003

Juniper Springs is a favorite picnic spot, although there are campsites available for longer stays. The Mill House has a display about the area, and a giant water wheel! The springs are a refreshing 72 degrees year round, and the swimming area is near the picnic grounds, with benches around the edges also. There is a nice changing area/restroom, and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2003

In late August I hiked through the Juniper Prairie wilderness. I parked my car overnight at Silver Glen Springs for $10, then walked west on the new Yearling Trail until it met up with the Florida Trail, then hiked south on the Florida Trail all the way to Juniper Springs. I spent the night about two hours' walk from Juniper... More

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