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Juniper Springs Recreation Area

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History and a spring!

This was our second year in a row purchasing the Ocala National Forest Recreation Area Pass annual... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2018
Merritt Island, Florida
A testament of Florida's natural beauty

Beautiful place to spend a full day with your friends and family. It's nice that the swimming area... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2018
Jorge G
Jacksonville, Florida
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 6 February 2014

I have just returned from a one week visit to Florida and the Juniper Springs Canoe Run was high on my to do list. Was not disappointed. Arrived at the completely empty recreation area early (8 am) in fog and rain and the weather wasn't...More

5  Thank fleecemummy
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 1 April 2014

The natural beauty of Juniper Springs is undeniable but the management of the canoe/kayak rental facility Recreation Resource Management is poor, even negligent and certainly not knowledgeable. Although there were at least twenty other canoes, we were rented a dented and leaky one. When compared...More

8  Thank gerihanna
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went canoeing there. It is all self-serve. We had to load the canoe on a cart and wheel it some distance to the water. Next we had to go back and get the paddles and life jackets. Then our containers for food and drinks...More

Thank MichaelC14147
Reviewed 6 October 2018

This was our second year in a row purchasing the Ocala National Forest Recreation Area Pass annual passes for the 3 of us. The annual pass includes admission to Salt Springs, Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs and Silver Glen Springs. These springs are located in a...More

1  Thank MaeHem50
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Beautiful place to spend a full day with your friends and family. It's nice that the swimming area is separated from the alligator area so there aren't any "surprises". The water is beautiful but even at the end of the summer, it's COLD. You do...More

Thank Jorge G
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

I went to Ocala for a day to the springs with my 1 year old. We went to another spring before this (called silver glen just down the road ) and we liked the feel of this one better, although it’s not shallow for a...More

Thank amay1725
Reviewed 22 August 2018

We enjoyed the beautiful spring here best of the 3 we visited in the Ocala National Forrest. It was not overly crowded, was well maintained, clean bathrooms and showers. It is not large and gets deep as soon as you step off the platform. There...More

Thank Jane O
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Crystal clear water; great and so refreshing to swim and float in the sun! Facilities we're clean and had a great recreational area for picnic lunch. (Plenty of shade available as well)

1  Thank KindMommy26
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

This canoe trip is not for the faint of heart. Both my hubby and I have done it before and loved it. So pristine and up close with the wildlife. This past week we took our teens for the first time, as well as our...More

3  Thank PK H
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

I didn’t like how close and in view of others the camping was. The creek area is falling apart and looked unsafe.

Thank Michelle R
Reviewed 30 June 2018

By far, this is the most quaint spring I've been. Best time to go is summer time, water is very cold! Will be planning to go back there again and again.

Thank Doriebabes
Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Its a real shame that the waterway is littered with so many obstacles that cause havoc to canoes. Too many overhanging branches/brush, not to mention the downed trees in the paths. This should be cleaned up by removing dead trees/brush/limbs. An enjoyable thing should not...More

1  Thank Julio R
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5 July 2018|
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Response from drivitlkustoleit | Reviewed this property |
I've been there as early as 9 and had a small line, but if it rains early and you get there around 1 I've had no line and good parking. Good luck!!
Melissa S
28 June 2018|
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Response from MaryAnn218 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any and I don't think it would really work on this river as it is pretty narrow
Tim S
5 February 2018|
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Response from AnnualAdventurer | Reviewed this property |
I can not say for sure however, I will say there was a RV there with it's generator running and two living and horse trailers that had their generator's running for both evenings that we were there.