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 Sweetwater Spring Rental Cabin is located in the Juniper Prairie Wilderness Area of the Ocala Naional Forest in the Silver Springs area. Gated access to the cabin is via approximately 1/2 mile of maintained sandy lane. The cabin, built in 1935, is a rustic 2 bedroom cabin that sleeps 12, and has a full bath, equipped kitchen including microwave, coffee pot, toaster, dishes and silverware. The living room has a rustic fireplace for those cozy nights. All you need to bring is your linens, pillows and food. The cabin is sited on the incredible Juniper Creek inland waterway that flows through the Juniper Prairie Wilderness area. Additionally, the cabin site overlooks scenic Sweetwater Spring and includes an observation deck sited directly over the spring. Unfortunately, due to the ecologically sensitive nature of the site, no pets are allowed inside or outside the cabin area.
For active leisure fun, 2 canoes with paddles and life vests are furnished for guests. Canoeists can negotiate the famous Juniper Canoe Run and egress at Juniper Wayside on SR 19. Or, if you are looking for a more passive activity, you can enjoy nature at it’s finest by sitting on the screened porch, the observation deck, or by taking a leisure walk in the surrounding woods.
If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, Sweetwater Cabin is the place to disconnect. Don’t even bother to bring a cell phone or beeper.
Sweetwater Cabin rental reservations are awarded through an annual computerized lottery selection process. The lottery is open from January 1st through May 31st each year. To enter you must send in a letter with a self addressed stamped envelope and list the three choice weeks you desire to rent the cabin. Weeks run from Friday to Friday and Sweetwater is closed the 3rd week in January, 1st week in May, 1st week in August and the last week in October for Maintenance. Only one entry per household.
$800 + tax per week. Cabin accommodates 12 people. The cabin is rented through a lottery system. For information on the Cabin call: (352) 625-0546
Due to high demand, staying at the cabin requires participation in a lottery. The lottery form and instructions are here: 2016 Sweetwater Cabin Lottery Application.
For more information, visit USDA’s Website.