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 […]



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 […]



 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″]



Tuesday October 18th, 2016

Juniper Springs Run Update: Great news!! The Forest Service and us have worked hard the last few days and have gotten the hazard trees and debris taken care of for the most part. I'm sure there will be a bit more clean up but launch will be open tomorrow!!! We would like to thank the Forest Service for all their hard work in getting the hazard trees out and taken care of!! We appreciate all your hard work! So come on down and enjoy a day on the creek!! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday October 12th, 2016

Juniper Update: We will be open tomorrow!! We have been cleared to be open. Thank you all very much for your patience!! Juniper Springs run still needs a lot of work before launch will be open. We will keep you updated. Thank you again. Great praise to all our staff for all their hard work. You all have done a fantastic job!! Also we would like to thank our sister park in Alabama - Roland Cooper State Park for taking care of us when we evacuated! Ed and Lynette we all appreciate your hospitality!! ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday October 11th, 2016

Juniper Update: our crew has been working hard to clean up all of the downed trees and debris. They have all done a fantastic job!!! We now need to wait for the Forest Service to do a hazard tree assessment before we open. We may not be able to open Thursday or Friday at this point. Launch will be closed for quite some time unfortunately. There's about 25 plus trees down that will need to be taken care of. We will begin work on some of those tomorrow. The Forest Service will be helping us with this clean up as well. We'll keep you updated as things progress. We're sorry for the inconvenience but until things are safe we just can't open up. We appreciate all your patience during this time. Thank you!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday October 9th, 2016

Juniper Update: We have no power at this time. We have a lot of trees down that need to be cleaned up. The buildings all faired well which is good. We do not anticipate re-opening until Wednesday. We won't open until we have power. We'll keep you updated. Hope everyone else is safe. Thank you!! ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday October 4th, 2016

Juniper Springs Update: With Hurricane Matthew approaching the District Ranger has set a tentative evacuation date for Thursday at 3:30 pm (this may change to an eariler timeframe). We will be closing tomorrow (Wednesdy) in preparation. Camping reservations will be cancelled and refunds issued from Wednesday on through the weekend. We will keep you updated as best as we can as things change. We probably will not re-open much before Monday as we do not know the extent of clean up that will be needed once the storm passes. Thank you all and be safe!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday September 18th, 2016

Juniper Reminders: Day use will be closing at 7:00 pm starting tomorrow. The bathrooms will be closing at 6:30 to allow the staff enough time to clean them.

Bear aware reminders: as we move into fall and winter bear activity will increase in the area. Bears have already been seen on Hwy 40. It is imperative that everyone follow the Food Storage Order set forth by the Forest Service. This means that unless you are physically cooking and/or eating ALL food, coolers, drinks, pots, pans, utensils, trash, toiletries (ANYTHING food related or has a smell) MUST be put away in either your car or in the bear resistant storage boxes. No exceptions will be allowed. We've had some resistance from folks regarding this both presently and in the past. This is for YOUR protection and the protection of the bears. If one camper is not complying then that puts the whole loop in danger. Don't be that camper. Besides a fed bear is DEAD bear. Please help us help you be safe this winter season and all year long. Understand that non-comliance can result in a $75.00 fine and/or eviction from Juniper.

We truly appreciate your cooperation is this!!
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Tuesday September 13th, 2016

Juniper Run Update: the Forest Service cut the tree in such a way to where you can get around it until they can come back and finish the job. The run is open today and until further notice. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less

Monday September 12th, 2016

Juniper Run update-launch will be closed today so the Forest Service can take care of the big tree down on the run. We hope to be open tomorrow. ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday September 8th, 2016

Juniper Canoe Run Update: There is still a huge tree down on the run. It is way too big for us to cut by hand (and as you know we're not allowed to take chain saws down) so the Forest Service will be taking care of it on Monday. (The gentlement/ladies that handle this type of thing are a part of the fire crew and they had been deployed to California to deal with all the fires there. They're not coming home until today and need some time off and rest that's why this won't be taken care of until Monday. So let's give them a break and appreciate all their hard work in California) We are going to open launch tomorrow and through the weekend. Just be aware you will have to haul your boat over the tree and keep going should you choose to go. Thank you for your understanding! ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday September 6th, 2016

Juniper Canoe Run Update: The canoe launch will be closed tomorrow and possibly Thursday. A huge tree fell and will take some work to remove it. We'll keep you updated! Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less



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.)