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Juniper Prairie Wilderness

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Address: Ocala, FL
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+1 352-625-2808

More than 14,000 acres in Ocala National Forest, this area is diverse with...

More than 14,000 acres in Ocala National Forest, this area is diverse with prairies, pine flatwoods, marshes and a subtropical jungle.

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Beautiful spring

This was the only spring we managed to stop at while passing through the area. As it was off season the shop was closed but also the spring was very quiet which suited us well. We... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dundee, United Kingdom
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the only spring we managed to stop at while passing through the area. As it was off season the shop was closed but also the spring was very quiet which suited us well. We didn't stay too long or explore the trails as it was a hot day (to us anyway!), but enjoyed sitting by the water and... More 

Thank impgrrrl
Daytona Beach, Florida
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017

I have been coming to Juniper Springs to kayak the run for over a decade and I have never had a bad experience. The just is just over 7 miles downstream through crystal clear spring water. The run will normally take you between 3-5 hours so plan accordingly and bring along a snack and plenty to drink. The starting section... More 

Thank anisopterax2
Ocklawaha, Florida
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64 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Great place to go swimming in the spring, camp, canoe or walk the trails. We saw River otters and alligators on the walk.

Thank Richlo2001
Wapwallopen, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Located close to RT 40, Juniper Springs is a gorgeous. I was concerned about the walk for my mother and myself but my worries were unfounded. We didn't visit to kayak or canoe or even to swim, but we wanted to visit just to enjoy the outdoors. Arrive early enough and you can park in the handicap or closer to... More 

Thank Michelle B
Umatilla, Florida
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Great swimming area and springs with a high quality concession stand that serves good food. It's deep and you can dive. It's a great canoe/kayak run, very clean and trash free, lots of wildlife. Get ready: It's over 5 miles long. There is a halfway point. It used to have a picnic bench and rope swing, they should replace them... More 

Thank Pamela S
Miami, Florida
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Amazing bubbling springs. Spring fed lagoon open to swimmers. Beautiful hiking trails. Campgrounds, canoeing options.

Thank mikems2017
Winona, Minnesota
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99 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Getting to Juniper Springs turned out to be a little of a challenge. It shouldn’t have, but I didn’t look at the map close enough before we left our hotel room and the maps on our Garmin Nuvi (which are recent) and Here Maps on my Microsoft Lumia didn’t know were it was. So I called and the person that... More 

Thank Sid_and_Roxy
Inverness, Florida
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Went canoeing down Juniper with my boyfriend and a friend. It was so peaceful and beautiful. The water was shallow and it was shaded most of the way, getting very narrow at certain parts. Anyone who has ever gone down Rainbow Springs, it is not like that. It took a long time, I was not prepared for how long it... More 

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Salt Springs, Florida
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78 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

We took the 4+ hour Kayak down Juniper run. The wildlife including gators were impressive. Don't get out of your Kayak you don't know whats below the surface. Fun time, bring lots of water, sunscreen, and energy.

1 Thank Emil M
St. Pete Beach
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Back in the 80's and 90's this was the best place around. The canoe run was the so much fun. After the storms in the early 2000's the canoe run is almost unrunnable. Major safety hazard. They told us it would take an act of congress to get all the fallen trees cut from the run. Shut it down before... More 

1 Thank Lu Ann H

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