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

Thursday September 21st, 2017

*** Juniper Update*** We began clean up yesterday in the park. There are a lot of trees down and debris to clean up. We are still shooting to open in about two weeks. We need to assess Juniper Run and see what it will take to get it back open.

On a side note we want to thank our sister park Roland Cooper State Park for once again taking very good care of us while we were evacuated!!! Richard and Wendy we appreciate all of your kindness and help! Also, we want to thank the Town of Camden for being so open and gracious to us and all of the evacuees from Florida!! They came to the park and put on a dinner like no other. There was a ton of wonderful food! They even provided folks with toiletries, diapers, and they didn't forget our 4-legged friends either thay had food and pet treats for them as well! And they feed all of us several more times in town. Nothing quite like coming together as a community and helping out when needed most!

We will continue to keep you updated! Thank you for your patience and kind words during our clean up!
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Thursday September 14th, 2017

Juniper update!! We have a ton of trees down, damage to one of the bathrooms and a lot of clean up to do. We also have no power. We will not be open at all for at least two weeks. Folks trying to pay their Swetwater cabin payments will be given a grace period until we reopen up again for business. The cabin is ok but has a lot of clean up to be done as well and is not available. Renters will receive a refund for their lost weeks. We will contact renters individually for updates for the weeks to come. We will keep you updated as to our progress. We hope all of you faired well and wish everyone in Florida our thoughts and prayers. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday September 5th, 2017

***Important Information*** Due to huricane Irma the Lake George Ranger District has put in place an evacuation order. We will be open tomorrow for Day Use and canoeing. Folks will be able to camp ONE night only and will need to be out on Thursday no later than 1 pm. We will not be open on Thursday for Day Use or canoeing. We antcipate being closed for at least two weeks until the hurricane passes and we are able to clean up any damage due to the storm. Please look to our Facebook page for further updates. We're sorry but we will not be able to answer a lot of questions during this time as we need to get the park hurricane ready and evacuate. Everyone please be safe and our thoughts and prayers are with you!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday August 30th, 2017

Juniper Springs Recreation Area added 3 new photos.

Labor Day weekend is almost here! We have a fun weekend planned with several interpretive programs including one with live turtles and snakes! Please check out the flyers for dates and times. Bring the kids and bring your cameras!! Can't wait to see you all!
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Sunday August 27th, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the folks on the Texas coastline! We're thinking of you and hope the flooding recedes soon. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday August 22nd, 2017

Come join us this weekend for two Interpretive Programs! The first one will be a nature walk on Friday, August 25th from 7 pm to 8 pm. (Meet in the Day Use Area) We will take you along one of the trails and together we'll discover wildlife and plant life close to Juniper! The second/third one will be on Saturday, August 26th (meet in the Day Use Area) which will be the same nature walk as Friday (for those who can't attend on Friday) but we'll end the walk in the Day Use Area where you can learn about the moths and beetles that are at Juniper! It should be a fun, informative time! The cost is just the Day Use entrance fee of $5.30 per person. ... See MoreSee Less

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Tuesday August 22nd, 2017

Juniper Springs Recreation Area added 2 new photos.

Boardwalk update!! We've gotten an overlook torn out and replaced along with two huge sections torn out and ready for installation! It's getting there!
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Tuesday August 22nd, 2017

We wanted to thank everyone for their input and comments on our last post! We have heard you and will be making changes in the way we do some things. A different perspective is always good! Thanks again! ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday August 15th, 2017

There have been several comments and questions about the rules at Juniper and how the staff handles rule violations. We are more than happy to answer any questions and better inform our customers so that everyone has a great time. The Forest Service rules and regulations are acutally quite simple and have been in place for years. For the day use area the main rules are no alcohol, glass, pets, jumping or diving. For the canoe and kayaking run no disposables of any kind are allowed, no alcohol, no pets, no inflatable flotation devices and no swimming and snorkeling for your safety as there are large alligators on the run. Folks are more than happy to take all the food and beverages they want, they just have to be taken out of the manufactured packaging and placed into reusable containers like Tupperware or sports bottles. For the campground quiet hours are from 10pm to 6 am which means generators have to be shut off, folks need to keep their voices to a reasonable level, like being in a library, and all food, coolers, pots, pans, utensils etc. must be placed either in your vehicle or in the bear resistant food storage boxes (unless you are physically cooking and/or eating) in order to comply with the Food Storage Order set forth by the Forest Service and obviously for your safety. There are other rules that apply to the recreation area which can be read on the map/rules sheet customers receive when they enter.

We are a family oriented facilty focusing on fun for all not just a select few. We offer customers serveral opportunites to comply with the rules. One of our goals, actually, is to never visit or bother you in your campsite or day use area unless there are rule violations or we have important information to give you for example if there is a bear in the area or dangerous lightning. Occasionally when alcohol gets involved and speaks louder than reason it is our responsibility to handle those situations. Sometimes we come out being the bad guy. Our security guards and staff are here for safety reasons not to bother people. They all work hard to keep the recreation area clean, well maintained and offer the best customer service possible. Are we perfect - no far from it. We read and take all reviews seriously and look at ways to improve ourselves and the recreation area. We are stewards of the forest and work with the Forest Service to maintain the beauty and wonder for generations to enjoy.
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Sunday July 30th, 2017

Juniper Springs Recreation Area is with Ian Sankar and Nathan Mohit.

Finished area behind the Millhouse!
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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.

The dive platform in the day use area is closed and jumping and diving into the swim area is no longer allowed.

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.)