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Juniper Prairie Wilderness

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Address: Ocala, FL
Phone Number: 3526252808
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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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Beautiful springs

The swimming hole is 72F all year around. The water is clear and feels great. The area has a nice Boardwalk, so you can walk around there with your tennis shoes. Also, they have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Nako G
Morgantown, West Virginia
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Morgantown, West Virginia
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The swimming hole is 72F all year around. The water is clear and feels great. The area has a nice Boardwalk, so you can walk around there with your tennis shoes. Also, they have shower rooms and changing rooms.

Thank Nako G
Ocala, Florida
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the cool water to the great trails Juniper has everything you need for a hot afternoon. And the campsites are some of the best in Florida (and I have visited a lot of them!)

Thank stewbeck
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Today my family and I took a kayak trip in Juniper Run. I was very surprised the workers expected us to each load our kayaks on a cart, haul the kayaks to the river, take the cart back to the top and then they would reward us with a life jacket, whistle, and a paddle. The kayaking was very technical... More 

Thank rogersla
Ocala, Florida
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27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This was the best Florida kayak / Canoe run I have ever done! It is beautiful and well taken care of. The staff was very diligent in taking care of and informing the visitors of the run. I am most definitely going to be visiting again.

Thank Michael B
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39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is a clear, narrow creek that requires some skill to maneuver. I would strongly recommend single kayaks instead of a canoe. It's about a 3 hour relaxed downstream paddle with shuttle service available in the park.

1 Thank dor2427
Ocala, Florida
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34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

By the Wilderness I think they mean Juniper Springs. So so as far as springs go. Bottom of my list. As far as Juniper Run goes, I despise it. Narrow. Water isn't clear. Vegetation inhibits being able to see anything. I will NEVER go down it again.

Thank Chuck7769
cripple creek Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We think this area is very nice. We are happy & pleased to say we had an awesome visit & now we will come back and with great pleasure ......Thank you for the great experience .........<3

Thank mariehowellsangels
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14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Very popular area. Great swimming in clear water. My only complaint is that I've been to parks with a more knowledgeable and helpful staff. They don't have forest rangers, just regular people who don't know anything about wildlife. I was on the trail with my toddler and came close to a thick moccasin and they didn't do anything. I am... More 

2 Thank Christina M
White Springs, Florida, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The canoe / kayak run is one of, if not the best in Florida and actually in the top 25 in America. The springs are beautifully, and nature abounds!

2 Thank Joe O
Bozeman, Montana
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99 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We visited during a busy time of year and yet it was still a great place to spend time, walk around and enjoy a refreshing swim. The charm of the construction of the pool walls by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s adds a special touch to this beautiful natural wonder in this semi-tropical paradise. My biggest suggestion would... More 

1 Thank xckier

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