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

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 with Ian Sankar and Nathan Mohit.

Finished area behind the Millhouse!
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Sunday July 30th, 2017

Juniper Springs Recreation Area added 2 new photos.

Great News! Boardwalk update-We're under construction finally! After a tropical storm, hurricane, many designs discussions with the Forest Service and a fire ban we're now finally getting to repair the boardwalk!! We already have one section behind the Millhouse completed. We'll be working on not only the storm damaged areas but also areas that are old and rotted. We will not be redoing all of the boardwalk due to the cost. We'll keep you posted on the progress! Thank you so much for all of your patience! We know how much the boardwalk means to all of you and it is just as important to us as well so we are anxious to get it down. We estimate about a month or so to final completion depending on weather.
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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

 

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.)