Juniper Springs State Park offers one of the best canoeing and kayaking destinations in the Ocala National Forest. With sparkling turquoise springs and clement water temperatures for swimming all year round, Juniper Springs is a very popular destination for Floridians and out-of-state visitors alike.
Juniper Springs is an oasis of beautiful and lush tropical vegetation in the middle of a dry and semi-barren Big Scrub. The natural springs bubbling up from a subterranean river, though fissures in the local limestone, give the water a heavy mineral content and a spa-like quality. This natural resource was developed in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corp to be featured as a local eco-gem.
Juniper Springs offers a variety of services including a picnic area, hiking trails, restrooms, drinking water, ample parking and a large campground for both tent and RV camping. A concession stand has snacks as well as canoe and kayak rentals. You may choose to bring your own kayak or canoe; however, a $6 launch fee will still be assessed.
There are two hiking trails within the Juniper Springs State Park that provide information on the history, flora and fauna of the park; the Juniper Run Trail and the Hammock Run Trail. Other trails connected to the Juniper Springs Park include the state-wide Florida Trail, the Farles Prairie Trail, and the Juniper Prairie Wilderness Trail.
Map of the Juniper Springs Recreation Area