Juniper Springs Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

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 area, campground and trails was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The setting houses 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 scrub ecosystem.

  • The following services are temporarily unavailable: Canoe rentals, shuttle services, parking reservation system and general store.
  • Firewood and ice ARE available.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; may close earlier seasonally. Campers have 24-hour access to the gates with an access code.
Reservations: Reservations for the campground may be made by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online:

Recreation.gov
Rentals & Guides: On-site concessionaire with canoe rentals. Fees: $45.00 + tax (includes shuttle transport). (+$20 deposit for canoe use)

If you bring your own canoe/kayak: $6 launch fee; $12 haul-back fee
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees For more information on fees, please visit the concessionaire at https://www.adventureocala.com/recreation-areas.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No wading in the spring runs; no fishing in the springs or runs.
Closest Towns: Astor to the east 9 miles along SR 40, and Forest Corners to the west, provide grocery stores, hardware, gas stations, and ATMs.
Water: Potable
Restroom: Flush toilets
Passes: Ocala National Forest Recreation Area Pass - Ocala National Forest/Springs Hopper Pass. The day use pass is $70 + tax/person; good from date of purchase through end of the year. It provides entrance to recreation areas managed by Adventure Ocala: Juniper Springs, Salt Springs, Alexander Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Clearwater Lake, and Wildcat Lake. This pass is available for purchase from Adventure Ocala at Alexander Springs, Juniper Springs, and Silver Glen Springs.
Operated By: Adventure Ocala
Information Center: Download the Juniper Springs Recreation Area Map (PDF)
Download the Juniper Springs Nature Trail Map (PDF)
Download a map of the Juniper Springs Canoe Run (PDF)

General Information

Parking:

Large parking area for day use. Overnight parking available for backpackers for a fee.


General Notes:

Day use activities include picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, bird watching, paddling and hiking. At night, relax in the heart of the forest within our historic campground.

A barrier-free self-guided interpretive trail paralleling the spring outflows of Juniper Run and Fern Hammock Run provides information on the semi-tropical vegetation plus beautiful views of the waterways.

For hikers looking for a day in the woods, the statewide Florida Trail (area is unavailable)passes through the recreation area, leading hikers through the rugged Juniper Prairie Wilderness to the north (area is unavailable) and through the tall pines of the Big Scrub along Farles Prairie to the south (area is unavailable).

Canoeing is extremely popular year-round. The seven-mile journey down Juniper Run offers a unique perspective on the Juniper Prairie Wilderness, where you might see otters at play or alligators drifting through the shallows. Private canoes can be used, or canoes can be rented from the concessionaire on the premises. Haul-back services are available.


Accessibility:

Paths are wheelchair accessible from the parking area to the bathhouse, swimming area and along the spring run Nature Trail.


Directions:

From Interstate 75 at SR 40 in Ocala, drive east through Ocala and Silver Springs to reach the Ocala National Forest. It's about 28 miles from I-75 to the recreation area entrance road on the left.


Recreation Map

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Activities


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Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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Water Activities

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Amenities

Picnic tables At the springs
Drinking water Non-potable water
Interpretive Site Old Mill House
Toilets Flush toilets
Parking Ample parking
Fee charged for some activities Multiple fees charged for various activities
Tent camping Shady spaces
Accessible Most pathways and the nature trail are wheelchair accessible
Camping trailer Shady spaces. RVs welcome.


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