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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were on kayaks going down the river. About an hour down we saw an alligator swimming around and looking towards us!! It was too narrow to pass!! Holy crap that was the craziest experience ever. I turned around immediately but my friends watched it until it submerged. Nope !! Will never forget staring down an alligator on that river... More 

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Thank Fernando M
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My last trip to this beautiful spring and camp ground they have officially closed the platform for jumping into the spring the spring is not that big compared to other ones in the area like Alexander that is absolutely beautiful you cannot even walk through the area to launch your canoe they closed area off after everyone is on Cannoe... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had so much fun here, camped for two nights with my family. Nice campground very spacious and bathrooms were very close to us! So many Raccoons visited us and stole our food as we didn't put everything away! My family and I kayaked on this run, I enjoyed it a lot however we are all beginners so it was definitely... More 

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Bradfordwoods, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Listen to the information at the park about this trip. It is easy paddling but there are many trees across the river which requires almost laying flat in the canoe. However, beautiful scenery, lots of turtles, a couple of alligators. We camped at Alexander Springs. Very nice campground Deer flies in June however.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

This is a worth while place to go. Many complain about the $5 per person fee, but that isn't really expensive considering the beauty of the place. You can bring your own food and drinks (no alcohol). The water temp is 72, year round, and no they can't heat the water up. The swimming area is a natural spring and... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Our campsite was clean and very spacious. We were very happy with the level ground which made for a good nights sleep. The grill and fire-pit were clean, and there were 2 picnic tables we could use for dining and sitting. We thoroughly enjoyed the kayak trip even though the water was a little shallow and we ran aground several... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

Expensive fee to get in, compared to any Florida State Park ($5/per person here, $6 per car load at state parks). While the Forest Service subsidizes the logging industry to cut down our national forests, they don't price this recreation area so you can afford to bring your family very often! Your kids will also breathe a lot of 2nd... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

This is a beautiful spring with beautiful surroundings and a nice nature trail that lead to another spring. We were planning on camping but as it got later on in the day it began to thunder storm and it was heavily raining, we weren't able to get our tent up by then and it wouldn't have lasted long any way... More 

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Sebastian, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Twists and turns on this swift creek are amazing, you should be adept at limbo to get under a lot of the fallen trees. There are a great set of rapids, this run is not for a novice and if you not experienced paddler you could be in trouble by trying it. Mo

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Ocala, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

recently took a team building trip down the "juniper springs run" called ahead to make reservations as it was a busy weekend, asked ahead of time on all the rates and what was needed.... 1st surprise of the day, upon arrival learned entrance fee $5.15 a person, not a car load as told over the phone. once our party was... More 

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  • Free Parking
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Additional Information about Juniper Springs Recreation Area

Address: 26701 E Highway 40, Ocala National Forest, Silver Springs, FL 34488-6741
Location: United States > Florida > Silver Springs
Number of rooms: 78
Also Known As:
Juniper Springs Recreation Area Hotel Silver Springs
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