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Juniper Springs Recreation Area

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Sarasota, Florida
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Mims
Reviewed 1 week ago 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...

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Charlotte, North Carolina
Reviewed 1 week ago

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...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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...

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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...

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Austin, TX
Reviewed 14 August 2016

We were passing through from Daytona to Clearwater beach and decided to go a tiny bit out of our way to see this beautiful spring. It was a nice break to get out of the car after a long drive. We were here in August and did the one mile hike to fern hammock spring and back. Its a relatively...

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Orlando, Florida
Reviewed 8 August 2016

We were camping near by and told about Juniper Springs. Decided to check it out and were really delighted. We took a picnic lunch with us. The concession store closes at 1pm but there are soda machines outside. Other than that, there is no food available after 1. This was on a weekday and I believe the store is open...

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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

We were on kayaks going down the river. About an hour down we saw an alligator swimming around and looking towards us!! It was too narrow to pass!! Holy crap that was the craziest experience ever. I turned around immediately but my friends watched it until it submerged. Nope !! Will never forget staring down an alligator on that river...

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Address: 26701 E Highway 40, Ocala National Forest, Silver Springs, FL 34488-6741
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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