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.  The lottery for 2018 is closed, and will reopen early next year for 2019.  It is a great way to get […]

 
 
 
 
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 & Canoeing
 

Recreation & Canoeing

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

Saturday July 1st, 2017

Happy 4th of July weekend!! Can't wait to see all of you! It should be a great weekend, maybe a little rain but it's Florida right?! Please remember that there are no fireworks of any kind allowed within the recreation area. Have a great and safe holiday weekend!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Sunday June 25th, 2017

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Monday June 12th, 2017

Run update: the run will be open tomorrow. The Forest Service did a major clean up earlier in the week so they don't need to go down. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

Monday June 12th, 2017

CANOE RUN UPDATE: the Forest Service is scheduled to do some work on the run tomorrow so launch may be closed. We haven't received confirmation yet. Please call before coming out in the morning. Call the store number at 352-625-2808. I'll try to update you when I get confirmation. Thank you and so sorry for the inconvenience. ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday June 10th, 2017

Many thanks to all of you who applied for the available position. The position has been filled but we will keep your name and information in our records for the future. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday June 10th, 2017

GREAT NEWS! The fire ban has been lifted so campfires and smoking are ok! We ask that everyone please still stay vigilant in keeping fires low and not throwing cigerette butts on the ground because it will only take a few days of dry heat to put us in danger again. Also, Juniper canoe run is looking much better! It's now running a little on the high side so do be careful there but, it's definately easier to pass now. So, come on over and see us! We look forward to it! ... See MoreSee Less

Friday May 26th, 2017

We're looking forward to seeing all of you this weekend! It's going to be a nice, warm weekend with lots of sun and fun! Please do remember that the fire ban is still set in place meaning campfires and smoking outside your vehicle is not permitted. We were so hoping for more rain but, it just didn't happen. After the holiday please go home and do a rain dance for us! 😜 Also, please remember the food storage order is still in place and we have seen a bear in the area so make sure you are using the bear resistant storage boxes or putting all your food, coolers (even if empty), pots, pans etc. in your vehicle-never in your tent. Here's to a fun and safe weekend! Please drive carefully! See you soon! ... See MoreSee Less

Friday May 26th, 2017

We want to thank all of our armed services, poiice and fire fighters for their service! We appreciate all that you do and all the sacrifices you have made for this country! This weeked is about you! ... See MoreSee Less

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Sunday April 30th, 2017

Update on the Fire Bans: Please read carefully. Know that even though it states no chainsaw use from 9 am to 8 pm-chainsaw use is prohibited in Juniper all the time.

As of April 28, 2017 the Ocala National Forest is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. All of the recreational areas have been signed. Once the Supervisor’s Order is signed by the Forest Supervisor the order will be posted.

What is Prohibited:
• No building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. This includes dispersed camping throughout the forest and also developed campgrounds and picnic areas.
• No smoking unless in an enclosed vehicle or building.
• No chainsaw use from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• No shooting or discharging a firearm unless engaged in a lawful hunt.
• No welding or use of explosives (fireworks are never permitted on national forest lands).
• No using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order. (This does not include motor vehicles. This is aimed more at things such as chainsaws, weed-eaters, gas-powered landscaping tools and the like.)

What is Allowed:
• Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices providing such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specification for safety.
• You may use a generator as long as you have cleared flammable material at least 3 feet around it or it is enclosed in your vehicle (such as the rear portion of an RV).
• You may use a propane-fueled grill as long as you have:

1. Cleared flammable material at least 3 feet around it.

2. It is placed in an area that has no overhead flammable materials.

3. All it is doing is producing flame and can immediately be turned off and there is no element continuing to burn after it has been turned off.

Thank you! We'll keep you posted if anything changes.
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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.

PLEASE NOTE: By US Government rules, no disposable items of any kind are allowed down the canoe run. All items must be removed from the manufacturer's packaging and placed into reusable containers such as Tupperware, sports bottles, canteen etc. Only hard and soft sided coolers are allowed, no Styrofoam coolers.

 

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.)