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Juniper Springs Recreation Area

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26701 E Highway 40 Ocala National Forest, Silver Springs, FL 34488-6741
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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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26701 E Highway 40 Ocala National Forest, Silver Springs, FL 34488-6741
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haleythepenguin wrote a review Nov 21
West Fargo, North Dakota24 contributions12 helpful votes
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We are from the Midwest, but this campground exceeded our expectations for all the natural beauty around us! So many tall trees and palm plants. Tent sites were large and nicely spaced. Only complaint was the road that loops into the tent sites was a little rough! Glad our rental car was a Jeep! The walking trails were beautiful and well maintained. A little too chilly out to swim for us, but the swimming area was large and looked very nice. Would definitely recommend to anyone camping in Florida. The Ocala national forest as a whole was beautiful and worth the trip .
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Teresa W wrote a review Jun 2020
Boone, North Carolina23 contributions9 helpful votes
Loved the trails. Saw several areas, on the shorter trail around the springs, small pools of crystal clear water and water actually bubbling out of ground. Swimming area had what looked like moss in it with clear areas.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Bink wrote a review Feb 2020
Bluffton, South Carolina138 contributions45 helpful votes
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We stayed in the campground for two days. We had a blast. We stayed in campsite number 48. Each site is fairly private. However we could hear the traffic from State Route 40. The sites do not have electricity. There is Portible water faucets throughout the campground. There is hot water in the showers. Bathrooms were kept fairly clean. I highly recommend the 7 mile canoe trip. It’s really a lazy float down the river. You’re not allowed to swim in this part of the spring but there is a section that allows you to swim. The water was a nice 72°. I did go for a dip. Water is very refreshing even in February in Florida. There is also such a freshness to the water that is bubbling up from the spring. Nice nature trails to walk.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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mstad60 wrote a review Nov 2019
Fort Lauderdale, Florida11 contributions6 helpful votes
We spent 2 nights camping and loved the campsite. It has a great set up, the facilities are super clean and campsites well appointed. We probably had the least desirable site (#70) because it was in the middle surrounded by others but it was still nice. I would have preferred a site backing up to the woods with a little more privacy. We rented kayaks for the 7 mile run and did the run in 2 hrs and 45 mins. I don't know why there are complaints on here about the experience. First of all, the website is very explicit on what you can bring and what you can't. I knew before I left home to bring tupperware and reusable bottles for water. Researching where you are going is just common sense. The other complaints I saw were about the staff. They couldn't have been nicer so I guess if you had an issue, it was probably your lousy attitude. The last complaint I found to be ridiculous was all the people whining about the difficulty. We had 2 people in their late 50s and 2 in their 20s. None of us had kayak experience and we did not find it difficult at all. We actually did the run in less time than most. Sure you have to duck under some logs and go around submerged logs, but if you are too out of shape to manage that, then stay on shore. Do not let these negative people deter you from trying this! It was amazing! The "rapids' were so minimal that they shouldn't even be called that. It was a long ride but you can take your time - we saw many people stopped along the side resting and having snacks. There are mile markers along the way to gauge where you are at and how much further to go. All in all a great time for anyone who is in decent physical shape.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from CampRRMSupport, Guest Relations Manager at Juniper Springs Recreation Area
Responded Nov 27, 2019
mstad60, thank you for sharing your very informative, kind review for Juniper Springs Recreation Area that includes both the campground and the Juniper Run! We are pleased to hear your positive feedback, and hope you are able to make another trip soon to stay at a different site. Thank you!
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klokan0426 wrote a review Oct 2019
St. Augustine, Florida68 contributions10 helpful votes
I'm very reluctant to write about how absolutely gorgeous this place is. Selfishly l don't want to share...but anyway, l love how you can go on the walk through the woods, see the mill like from fairytale, it's kind of more private... only thing is, the water is more cold than in other springs. Also, if you lucky, you can see eels.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from CampRRMSupport, Guest Relations Manager at Juniper Springs Recreation Area
Responded Oct 14, 2019
klokan0426, thank you for sharing your experience at Juniper Springs and your beautiful photos! We are so pleased to hear you enjoy frequenting the park and taking in the sights and sounds of nature. Hope to have you visit again soon!
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Which popular attractions are close to Juniper Springs Recreation Area?
Nearby attractions include Juniper Prairie Wilderness (2.6 miles), Juniper Creek (1.2 miles), and Juniper Springs (0.01 miles).