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Juniper Prairie Wilderness

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Amazing cool, blue natural springs to swim in. Kids used to be able to jump in from the platform... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Palm Harbor, Florida
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Nice little spring is good for swimming but the main attraction is paddling the creek. Try for a... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
David K
Ocala, Florida, United States
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More than 14,000 acres in Ocala National Forest, this area is diverse with prairies, pine flatwoods, marshes and a subtropical jungle.
Ocala, FL
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing cool, blue natural springs to swim in. Kids used to be able to jump in from the platform, but years ago, some kids were horsing around and a boy jumped in on top of a girl swimmer breaking her clavicle. Instead of taking responsibility...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DebbieG1964
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Nice little spring is good for swimming but the main attraction is paddling the creek. Try for a weekday when it is less crowded so you can enjoy the wilderness. Creek trip is downstream only. Can rent a canoe then take the shuttle back or...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank David K
Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

Entrance is a little pricey but worth it 5.50 per person. Not per car. Refreshing spring to swim in with hiking trails along the back. Tubes, noodles and other swimming/camping supplies are available. Staff is very friendly.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank KeithLBPI
Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

After driving 70 miles. Could not find the entrance. Very disapointing. No signs/ could not see any way to enter.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank frankbarber001
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

Has a water mill it a little small they do have a max count per day go early if summertime or you may luck out other spring in area

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dee22321205
Reviewed March 13, 2018 via mobile

We just got back from our trip to Juniper Springs and we are all exhausted. We brought our kayaks and did the 7 mile Juniper Spring Run. It took us five hours to get our 10 and 8 year olds through the trip. We saw...More

Date of experience: March 2018
8  Thank zachDC7
Reviewed March 9, 2018

We stayed at the campground and loved the sites! The springs were close enough for us to walk to for swimming and snorkeling. The park is very clean and the staff does an amazing job helping everyone! The Florida Trail is nearby and is a...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Deb M
Reviewed January 21, 2018

Lovely area, where you can hike, and meet great tourists. The water is beautiful, although it is cold. Chilly to swim in, but great to wade.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank healthworkshi
Reviewed November 29, 2017

Camped overnight November 28, 2017 in the well-maintained and clean campground. Security was good, the place had a great vibe. Did the Run the next day and hopefully the following helps. 1. This is not a trip for beginners but if you are one then...More

Date of experience: November 2017
4  Thank lovestotravelohyeah
Reviewed November 10, 2017

great cool water retreat, very nice hiking trails, challenging kayak run I would not recommend using a canoe sometimes the water is shallow

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank jefflO5011OB
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March 21, 2018|
Response from Deb M | Reviewed this property |
Wish I could help with the answer to this question. I don’t have a dog, so I didn’t really pay attention
March 18, 2015|
Response from 4stevetaylor |
yes it is primitive, nice wooded sites and hot showers