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″]



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

Friday September 2nd, 2016

Juniper Update: We have been authorized to return today. We won't be open until tomorrow morning at 8 am. We have clean up to do, trees down and staff to get back. Canoe launch will be open tomorrow. It may be running a little high and we have no idea what might have fallen until we send staff down tomorrow. So, at least the weekend isn't shot! We'll see you all tomorrow! Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience! ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday September 1st, 2016

By order of the District Ranger for the Lake George Ranger District we have been ordered to evacuate until Saturday. Juniper Springs will be closed until that time. We'll try to give you updates as they come. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday August 31st, 2016

Juniper Update: We have decided to close launch today and tomorrow for sure with the storm heading our way. It may also be closed Friday and Saturday depending on how much rain we get and how high the creek rises and/or how many trees have fallen. We'll keep you update. Thank you everyone! Be safe out there!! ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday August 30th, 2016

Juniper Springs Update: We are currently monitoring the storm that is headed our way with a projected timeline of hitting us (maybe) sometime between Wednesday and Friday. Do be aware that if it does come our way we will shut down launch and no one will be allowed to go down Juniper Run for safety reasons. If we get substantial rainfall the run may be closed for several days. We will do our best to keep you updated. If you are planning on coming camping please do call the gatehouse at 352-625-3147 on FRIDAY to check the status of the campground in case we have to do major cleanup etc. The weather is slated to be good over the weekend once the storm passes so, at this moment, we plan on being open. ... 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.)