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″]



Wednesday June 29th, 2016

Come celebrate 4th of July with us! We'd love to have you! Here's some tips and tricks to have a great time. Come early to avoid the line to get in. Please no alcohol, glass or pets in the Day Use area. Remember there are no disposible items allowed down Juniper Springs Run and be in the store before 11:15 am to rent. Also, please remember there are no fireworks of any kind allowed in the park - that includes sparklers, snap caps etc. Please drive safely! Can't wait to see you! ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday June 23rd, 2016

Hi, the weather is perfect for a nice outdoor lunch. Then enjoy a cool refreshing dip in the spring. Please remember there is no alcohol, glass, or pets allowed in the day use area. Have a great day. ... See MoreSee Less

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Friday June 17th, 2016

Come and enjoy Juniper Springs. There is lots to do. Have a barbecue, while you enjoy the cool 72 degree water. Take a a trip down the run with a canoe or kayak, or hike the trails. Camp out at are secluded campsites. It is a primative campground, with no electric, water, or septic hookups. But we do have potable water every few sites for you to get water. We have very modern restrooms with nice hot showers. We look forward to seeing you. ... See MoreSee Less

Monday June 13th, 2016

Good morning, the run will be open today, but due to high winds and rain, it just may be a little a little more tricky. We will be sending people down ahead of everyone, to clear any fallen trees. Come on out and enjoy, its a beautiful day. ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday June 12th, 2016

We at Juniper want to send our thoughts and prayers out to all of those who have lost friends or family members in the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured still recovering as well. This is just a tragedy. ... See MoreSee Less

Friday June 10th, 2016

Good morning! The launch is open today. It's finally back to normal and the cleanup is complete. Thank you for your patience! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday June 8th, 2016

An update on Juniper Run - our crew went down today. The creek is up about a foot and running very fast. There is a tree down as well that we need to take care up so I'm sorry but launch will be closed again tomorrow. We're hoping to take care of the tree and hoping that the water level will drop. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday June 7th, 2016

An update--the storm has passed us by with little damage to Juniper thank goodness! Launch will still be closed tomorrow as the water level is still very high. We are open for camping. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

Monday June 6th, 2016

Due to Tropical Storm Colin, launch will be closed today, tomorrow and possible Wednesday depending on what falls on the run. We discourage camping at this time until the storm passes.

Everyone be safe! Thank you!
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Sunday June 5th, 2016

Good morning! Better hurry and get to the springs and enjoy the run, or the day use area, before the nasty weather comes in. ... See MoreSee Less

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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.)