Welcome to Juniper Springs Recreation Area!

Juniper Springs Recreation Area
 

Juniper Springs Recreation Area

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 […]

 
 
Millhouse
 

Millhouse

Perhaps the nation’s most unique reminder of the ingenuity of the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the historic millhouse at Juniper Springs is a favorite of history buffs and photographers. The organization became known by its initials, CCC, and […]

 
 
Sweetwater Cabin
 

Sweetwater Cabin

This cabin is so popular we have to hold a lottery each year for reservation dates.  It is a great way to get away from it all, and has its own spring, swimming area, and canoes. The […]

 
 
 
Rates
 

Rates

 The Juniper Campground has 78 camp sites. Rates for campsites: $21.00 + tax per night Rates for Day-use visitors: $5.00 + tax per person Rates for canoe rentals: $35.00 + tax (incl. shuttle transport) Also […]

 
 
Recreation
 

Recreation

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, […]

 
 
Day Use
 

Day Use

Large parking area for day use. Overnight parking available for backpackers for a fee. Day use activities include picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, bird watching, paddling, and hiking.  At night, relax in the heart of the forest […]

 
 
 
 
 
Map and Directions
 

Map and Directions

Directions: From the intersection of Highway 19 and Highway 40, 4.6 miles west on Highway 40. Entrance on north side of Highway 40. [wpgmza id=”1″]

 
 
 

News

Wednesday July 22nd, 2015

We want to officially announce the closing of the jumping platform in the day use area spring. RRM and the USFS are committed to visitor safety. While we understand the popularity of this jumping platform, the danger of being injured while jumping from it or being hit by someone jumping from it is too high. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to close this popular feature. ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday July 5th, 2015

We hope you all had a very Happy and safe 4th of July weekend! It was great seeing you all! Thank you for your patience through our little water line break - we appreciate that!! Summer is still going strong so stop by and see us anytime! We'd love to have you! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday June 24th, 2015

Hey everyone! 4th of July is just right around the corner! Can you believe it?!? Here's a few things to know before you come so you can have the best time ever: remember if you plan to do the canoe run there are no disposables items allowed meaning all food must be taken out of the manufactured packaging and placed into reusable containers, no foil, paper towel, etc. Same with drinks, they must be in a sports bottle, etc. No alcohol and no pets are allowed down Juniper Run. No children under 40 pounds can go in the rental boats. Also, if there is a line at the gate (because the parking lot is full) and you're already parked but choose to leave the recreation area and come back you will wait in line again because your pass does not reserve you a parking space. Remember you cannot reserve the picnic tables in any fashion. Lastly but most importantly - no fireworks of any kind (including sparklers, snap pops, etc.) are allowed in the recreation area anywhere at anytime. Thanks so much for your help with all of this and we can't wait to see you!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday June 24th, 2015

We hope all you Dad's out there had a very Happy Father's Day!! We hope you enjoyed spending time at Juniper with your families! We sure enjoyed having you! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday May 27th, 2015

We hope you all had a very happy and safe Memorial Day weekend! We hope you all had a great time and we enjoyed having you visit us! Special thanks to all our military, both past and present, our fire fighters, EMT's and law enforcement who protect us everyday. We appreciate all of your hard work and dedication! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday May 6th, 2015

The staff at Juniper Springs want to wish all mother's a very Happy Mother's Day!!! Treat Mom to a special picnic and dip in the Springs-she deserves it!! It's suppose to be a beautiful weekend!! ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday April 2nd, 2015

Happy Spring Everyone! We hope you all are have a super spring break enjoying the great outdoors! We're glad you've come to visit us! We also want to wish you all a very Happy Easter! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday December 24th, 2014

From all of us here at Juniper Springs, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year! Stop by and see us anytime! ... See MoreSee Less

Friday November 28th, 2014

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Our best to you and your family from Juniper Springs. ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

A reminder for those coming during the Thanksgiving Holiday-turkey fryers WILL NOT be allowed at Juniper Springs. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

 

Information

For campground information call: (352) 625-3147
For boat rental information call: (352) 625-2808

For Reservations for camping -
Call: 1-877-444-6777 or
Web site: www.recreation.gov

Dogs are allowed on-leash in the campground but are not allowed on the canoe run, the boardwalk, or in the day use area.

2016 Sweetwater Cabin Lottery Application

 

Getting There

From the intersection of Highway 19 and Highway 40, 4.6 miles west on Highway 40. Entrance on north side of Highway 40.

 

Operating Hours

The Recreation Area is open 365 days a year.

Gatehouse hours:
- 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during daylight savings time
- 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. outside daylight savings time.
(Access is not available from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. due to quiet hours.)