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, the statewide Florida Trail passes through the recreation area, leading hikers through the rugged Juniper Prairie Wilderness to the north and through the tall pines of the Big Scrub along Farles Prairie to the south.
Canoeing is extremely popular year-round. Canoes and kayaks are available to be rented between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m daily. The seven-mile journey down Juniper Run offers a unique perspective on the Juniper Prairie Wilderness, where you might see otters at play or alligators drifting through the shallows. Private canoes can be used, or canoes can be rented from the concessionaire on the premises. Haul-back services are available.
The Tampa Bay Times did an article and video feature which will give you a great idea what the canoe run is like. You can find it here.
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.