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.  The lottery for 2018 is closed, and will reopen early next year for 2019.  It is a great way to get […]



 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″]



Friday November 10th, 2017

We want to thank all of our veterans, both living and passed, for their service and sacrifice to our country. And to their families who have also sacrificed and lost for our freedoms. We honor you all! ... See MoreSee Less

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Monday October 16th, 2017

Great news!! The Juniper Springs canoe run is now open!! Many thanks to the Forest Service and the Juniper crew for all your hard work getting it cleaned up and ready to go. The water level is still running a little high so do be aware. Come on let's go boating!! ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday October 5th, 2017

All our phones are now working. Launch will still be closed. The Forest Service is scheduled to do some clean up this weekend. We will then go down and do a final clean up. Hopefully the water level will be lower and we can open launch. We will keep you updated on the progress. ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday October 5th, 2017

***Juniper Update*** Great news! We are going to open up most of the campground on Saturday. Some sites will still be closed until our tree guy can finish. The Tropical bathroom will be closed until the roof can be fixed but, Sandpine and Fern Hammock bathrooms will be open. We hope to see you this weekend! ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday October 3rd, 2017

Well our office line is down now as well. There is a cable down on Hwy 40 that needs to be repaired before our lines can be fixed. If you are trying to call the office to make Sweetwater Cabin payments, etc. please call our gatehouse at 352-625-3147 and leave a message for us. We apologize for this inconvenience!! Hopefully the lines will be repaired soon!!!😡 ... See MoreSee Less

Monday October 2nd, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Las Vegas during this very difficult time! ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday October 1st, 2017

Good morning! Our phone line at the concession store is down. Century Link is aware and working on fixing the problem. So, if you are trying to call regarding boating etc. the line will ring busy. Please call our gatehouse at 352-625-3147 and let them know what you need and they will be happy to take a message for you and relay it to the store. Thank you for your patience and thanks Irma! ... See MoreSee Less

Friday September 29th, 2017

***Juniper Update*** We will be open for limited use starting tomorrow (Saturday the 30th). Day use will be the only thing open for the moment. The campground will be closed as we still have trees we need to take care of in the campground and the canoe run will not be available for close to a week. There are 22 seperate areas that will need to be cleaned out before we can open launch. We will be working on the trees with our tree service company on Tuesday and Wedesday in hopes of having the campground opened by the weekend of the 6th if not before. Thank you for your patience as we work on making the rec area clean, safe and beautiful once again! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday September 27th, 2017

***Juniper Update*** We all have worked really hard and cleaned up a ton of debris and trees. We have some minor repairs to complete and other hazard trees we need to remove. We are going to assess and work on cleaning up the canoe run today. We have not been inspected yet by the Forest Service so we are not open and won't be until they give us the ok. We will continue to keep you posted! Thank you all for your patience during this time! ... See MoreSee Less

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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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.)