Juniper Springs Recreation Area

Juniper Springs Recreation Area, Silver Springs: Hours, Address, Juniper Springs Recreation Area Reviews: 4.5/5

Juniper Springs Recreation Area

Juniper Springs Recreation Area
4.5
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Showcasing sparkling springs in a subtropical setting, Juniper Springs is one of the oldest and best known recreation areas on the east coast. Located between Ocala and Ormond Beach along SR 40, this complex of swimming and picnic areas, campground, and trails was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The setting is unlike any other found in the United States, with hundreds of tiny bubbling springs and massive springs gushing out of crevices in the earth beneath a dense canopy of palms and oaks; an oasis within the heart of the desert-like Big Scrub.
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4.5
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Very good
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Annie
1 contribution
Crammed Full and Overpriced
Jul 2021
What an insult to Florida. Unkept, shoddy and overpriced, Waited almost 45 minutes in the car in line just to enter and find instead of car-load price- it is now 10 a person- plus tax to get in...ok- we pay and go into an obviously over capacity filled place - about 500 people crammed into a small swimming hole. can't even get in the water. The Spring cannot be found due to too many people with large floats and cell phones taking pictures of themselves bobbing around. Mobbed with folks who aren't sure what social distancing means. Also not sure the bathrooms have been cleaned since the early 80s. This may have been a once gorgeous place but now a mob scene that is overcrowded and not taken care of. Can't walk the trails they are closed off. Kayak launch is closed. Perhaps Covid has kept them from having that open although they allow the pool to be absolutely overcrowded beyond capacity
Written July 24, 2021
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Starviagera
The Villages, FL1,647 contributions
GPS is wrong! Lovely- small and needs TLC
Mar 2021 • Couples
Both the car and phone were 7 miles off. It is a very lovely spring pool. The water is very cold. There is a small trail to the natural spring without swimming. The bridge and the boardwalk are damaged. Place is getting run down it needs a lot of work.
Written March 16, 2021
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Jerri P
15 contributions
Run down and overpriced
Feb 2021
I have not visited Juniper Springs for years because I moved out of state. This park has so gone downhill. It reeks of a park that is ill kept. Everything is run down. Instead of rebuilding and improving things just get roped off. I am not sure if they still rent kayaks/canoes. However, I did not see any for rent there. I brought my own kayak and used my own vehicle to take it back and forth to the exit landing. I still had to pay the day use fee to walk my kayak in and launch. The kayak run that used to be so beautiful was overgrown and almost impassable in some areas. Not to mention the outrageous day use fees they are charging. An average family would not be able to enjoy this park. I sure hope the state takes this gem back.
Written February 25, 2021
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just_that_fast
Pacific Grove, CA30 contributions
Beautiful natural spring worth the trip!
Jan 2021
There are two springs you can see here that are a short walk <.5 miles apart. You are allowed to swim in one of them. The water is in the 70s year round so this was a perfect January swim trip, but too shallow to scuba at a max depth of around 10 ft. The second spring is much more picturesque and has a bridge that crosses over it so you can look down into it. There are tiny fish and foliage in both springs. Did not camp here, but would consider it.
Written January 24, 2021
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Gaslamp9
Gainesville, FL443 contributions
Good Times
Sep 2020
We enjoyed our morning here. The interior trails are lackluster, but the adjacent Florida Scenic Trail was lovely.

We arrived early and there were only a few others in the walled-off spring/swimming area. I understand it gets busier as they day progresses.

All in all, a pleasant visit. We will go back, but likely would not camp there, for various reasons.
Written September 20, 2020
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Tesa Owens
Valparaiso, FL38 contributions
Lots of foliage in the spring
Sep 2020 • Friends
If you don’t mind a lot of foliage in a spring when you are snorkeling then you might like it here. It’s very small.
Written September 3, 2020
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travelingtachi
Plant City, FL43 contributions
Seems ideal for families
Jul 2020
The price seemed to jump up a bit as it cost me and my friend $10 each to get in when we went yesterday. We hiked a couple small trails and I took a quick dip in the swimming area to cool off. I observed that they have a lifeguard on duty to enforce the rules such as no jumping into the water (you must walk in using the steps in the designated entry areas). Just a heads up, the place was packed with families and kids. If you are looking for a location that is quiet and serene (like we were) you may be better off finding another spot or going in the off season.
Written July 26, 2020
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387indy
Coral Springs, FL4,468 contributions
Juniper Springs
Jul 2020
Located in the Ocala National Forrest, cost $5.50 ea. Campsites, facilities, the old mill house, swimming, picnicking. Animals, birds, beautiful vegetation.
Written July 18, 2020
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MikeGPortland
Wilmette, IL174 contributions
Stopping a bit off the beaten path provides great rewards
Feb 2020
Driving east from Ocala takes you by one of the "Jewels of the Ocala Forest" and, if you have an hour or more to spare, you can take a guided tour along the nature trail that puts many examples of the area's tropical vegetation on full display. There are also a number of camping and boating options available. Well worth the approx. $6 entry fee.
Written March 11, 2020
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Ryder
Macomb, MI4 contributions
Relaxing
Feb 2020 • Couples
Very peaceful, interesting, slow paced adventurous place highlighted by an interesting glass bottom tour of the springs. Very clean back to nature experience.
Written February 19, 2020
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