Here are Marion County's top must-do activities for natural spring lovers.
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One of the oldest and best known recreation areas, Juniper Springs is located on SR 40, just 30 minutes from Ocala. Available amenities include a swimming and picnic area, campground, and trails that was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). There are hundreds of tiny bubbling springs and massive springs gushing out of crevices in the earth beneath a dense canopy of palms and oaks, an oasis within the heart of the desert-like Big Scrub.
Campground reservations may be made by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online at:https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234031?tab=info
$12 + tax/per-person
($75 + tax Annual Day Use Pass Available to Purchase On-Site)
Activities: Swimming, Picnicking, Hiking, Canoeing, Visiting the Millhouse
Private Kayak and Canoe launch: $10/per watercraft
Kayak rentals are:
$60 for a tandem kayak (2 persons)
$50 for a single kayak (1 person)
The rental includes the kayak, paddle(s), PFD(s), a whistle, and the shuttle service. You are required to return on the shuttle service.
Restrooms: Bathhouse with Hot Showers
Amenities: Amphitheater, 24 Picnic Tables, 12 Grills, 4 Picnic Shelters, Concession Building
Many of our Day Use areas will be moving online for payment, instead of having a fee tube. Please download the Recreation.gov app before visiting, so you can simply use Scan & Pay the fees. Fee tubes will no longer be available at these sites after 2022.
Please call our gatehouse at (352) 625-3147 for the current status of the run and rentals.