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Juniper Springs Recreation Area

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Left early because of all the pervy campground workers, following your every step including those to the bathroom & shower. Flying around on those golf carts, nearly running me over both walking & riding my bike. I have enough stalkers, I sure as hell don't need any more. And what is your interest in watching me or my girlfriend shower...

3Thank William K
Warren M, Owner at Juniper Springs Recreation Area, responded to this review

We try to treat every negative review as a learning experience, but frankly we really struggle to figure this one out. This customer has posted variations of this review multiple times, claiming in earlier reviews that he is an actor and so beautiful our people can't stop looking at him. I have messaged this customer personally, we have performed a...

Pensacola, Florida
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was looking over the parks and springs for camping later on this year for our scout troop and I was with my family. Of the facilities in the Ocala National Forest, Juniper Springs is managed by a contractor that is different from the other three or four places (Silver Glen, Salt Springs, Alexander Springs and another one or two...

2Thank Rico R
Warren M, Owner at Juniper Springs Recreation Area, responded to this review

We successfully host many scout groups each year, so I am sorry this person and his scout troup had so many difficulties. We do not limit the number of tents on a site to two, but the US Forest Service does require that all tents fit within the site boundaries, which can sometimes be an issue for large groups. This...

Reviewed 6 January 2017

Our family went swimming at Juniper Springs and were in awe of the natural beauty of this place! The water was cold, but so very clear and clean. It was a great way to beat the heat in July. My son loved the diving platform. We were only at the swimming area for the day and we will go back...

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Sarasota, Florida
Reviewed 29 November 2016

This place is amazingly beautiful. However, it is NOT for beginners. One should have some kayaking experience before doing this. Also, WATCH the video at the concession store. There were a lot of obstacles along the way. The route is about seven miles - it took us tree hours and a half to complete

1Thank M C
Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

We stayed overnight here on our way to Gainesville in a pull thru site . It is primitive camping ( no hook ups) but very nice wooded sites. We enjoyed the walking trails and seeing the amazing springs. We had no cell phone service at this park. There is a small store with camping and swimming supplies and canoe rentals...

1Thank Sonya C
Charlotte, North Carolina
Reviewed 28 November 2016

My husband and I visited Juniper Springs for the day to view Fern Hammock Spring. It was $5 a person for a day entrance pass. The attendant gave us a trail map, and it took us about 10 minutes to get back to the spring. You have to walk through the campground which is a bit confusing, but the campers...

1Thank Jaina H
Reviewed 12 November 2016

We visited the recreation area last week for just the weekend and had a great time. The camp grounds are very well kept as well as the bath houses. You really need more than just the weekend to see and do everything available here. The recreation area is part of the Ocala National Forest. We hiked 12 miles total on...

2Thank Marie S
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 November 2016

We did the canoe trip at the end of September this year. Although we haven’t really had much experience and the route said not for beginners, we figured as we are both young and sporty that we would be fine. Let me tell you we were wrong! The route is definitely not for beginners; I can confirm that. The actual...

1Thank Yasmin1409
Durham, North Carolina
Reviewed 21 October 2016

We camped in the camp ground with our small 19ft Camper van (no hook ups, but have hot showers) and loved that the campground was a short walk to the "day use area" or spring swimming area. We had the entire place to ourselves in mid October with about 12-15 people swimming in the spring over the course of our...

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Palm Coast, Florida
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

This spring is very small and it is not a place to snorkel. The swimming area is like a swimming pool and it has a wall around it. It is very deep and if you don't know how to swim don't go in the water without wearing a flooding of any kind. You will need it there. You can camp...

Thank MariaCFC

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Address: 26701 E Highway 40, Ocala National Forest, Silver Springs, FL 34488
Region: United States > Florida > Silver Springs
Number of rooms: 78
Also Known As:
Juniper Springs Recreation Area Hotel Silver Springs
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“This is a campground for tent and trailer camping.”
 of 5 bubbles Solermoon, 12 Nov 2016 | Read review
“This is not a hotel, they have a campground, but this is for the Juniper Springs Recreation Area.”
 of 5 bubbles tripcasey, 14 Aug 2016 | Read review
“This isn't a hotel, it is a camp ground.”
 of 5 bubbles E8084UCrebeccam, 28 May 2016 | Read review
“This is NOT hotel - so when looking at ratings understand it's a campground with no electric or wifi, but hot showers are great.”
 of 5 bubbles jacquistepp, 18 May 2016 | Read review
“Come on a week day to breathe less 2nd hand smoke from smokers at the swimming area.”
 of 5 bubbles RollingOnARiver, 24 Apr 2016 | Read review
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