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 & 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

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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Friday April 28th, 2017

The Forest Service has issued a fire ban to take affect tomorrow. This means NO campfires of any kind. You may use charcoal in the grill only, not the ring. Also no tiki torches candles or any other open flames. You can also use propane grills. We will post the new orders throughout Juniper once we receive it. PLEASE remember not to throw out lit cigarettes anywhere and do not park on the grass as a spark can start a fire. Thank you SO much for your cooperation!! ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday April 23rd, 2017

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Monday April 10th, 2017

Fire Restrictions Are In Place In the Ocala National Forest
The Forest Service has ordered Fire Restrictions to take effect at 0600 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017.

The Restrictions state "Beginning Monday, Aprl 10th, campfires will only be allowed in developed recreation areas. Inside developed recreation areas, fires are limited to pre-installed, metal receptacles designed for fire use such as gas, propane and charcoal grills, lanterns, stoves and campfire rings."

"In addition, small pressurized liquid gas stoves are allowed outside developed recreation areas."

So for those of you who plan on camping along the Florida Trail, campfires are not allowed.

Signs and more infomation is posted in and around Juniper.

Please be very vigilant about putting out your campfires completely. Do not throw cigarettes butts on the ground. Tiki torches, candles nor any other open flames are allowed in the campground nor along the Florida Trail. Please do not park your vehicles on the grass as one simple spark can start a fire.

Thank you so much for keeping Juniper, yourself and fellow campers, the forest and all that live here safe!!
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Monday April 10th, 2017

We want to wish you a Happy Easter! Please remember if you plan on hiding easter eggs at Juniper do not bring real eggs as they are animal attractants. Please leave the plastic eggs empty and give the treats directly to the children. Also, please do not bring the fake grass in the baskets. If animals eat it they can become sick or die. Thanks so much and have a blessed day! ... See MoreSee Less

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Saturday March 25th, 2017

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Wednesday March 15th, 2017

An update on the boardwalk. We've received a lot of questions about when the boardwalk will re-open. We realize how frustrating the wait has been. We love the boardwalk as well and want to get it fixed just as quickly as we can. Here's is why it wasn't fixed right after Hurricane Matthew: Juniper does not receive Federal tax dollars to improve things. Recreation Resource Management takes in the revenue we receive from you the customer and in turn takes a percentage of that revenue (based on our contract with the Forerst Service) and puts it back into repairs, additions (like the bear resistant food storage boxes etc.) for the rec area. Since the Hurricane wiped out the boardwalk at the end of the year our budget was pretty much spent so we had to wait until 2017. Us and the Forest Service were trying to come up with a better way of fixing the walkway for longevity but the costs were just too high. So now that we've come to a decision on what we're going to do we are now taking bids for the work. (Bids must be taken for any government project) In conclusion we are hoping to get it fixed in the next month or two. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience but please bare with us through this process. ... See MoreSee Less

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Monday December 19th, 2016

All of us at Juniper Springs want to wish you Happy Holidays and the Best New Year! We appreciate all your business over the year and look forward to seeing you again in 2017. Many thanks to all our law enforcement officals and service men and women. Everyone be safe this holiday season. ... See MoreSee Less

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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

We are accepting entries for the 2018 Sweetwater Cabin lottery.

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.)