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Juniper Springs Campgrounds located in Ocala Marion County, Florida is one of the oldest campgrounds in the state, dating back to the 1930’s.
This historic campground is accessible year round due to a forested canopy that provides shaded campsites and some of Florida’s most photogenic and popular natural springs. It will be easy to put down the smartphones, iPads and disconnect as the surrounding recreation area offers a variety of entertaining adventures such as swimming in the natural springs, picnicking, canoeing, snorkeling, hiking, birding, and tremendous wildlife viewing. Busy moms and dads don’t have to worry if they forgot to pack a few things as a convenient concessionary is located within the grounds selling snacks, groceries, charcoal, firewood and ice. The area also offers picnic tables, drinking fountains, ATM’s restrooms, with hot showers, parking, and more.
Juniper Springs Recreation Campground was also named as one of Reserve America’s Top 100 Family Campgrounds in The United States due to an abundance of shaded campsites and its easy access to the infamous Juniper Springs, a natural swimming attraction on the East Coast. Travelers are amazed at the Springs multitude of bubbling springs that hide beneath the natural flora and fauna of the area such as palms and oak trees. The water temperatures remain a cool 72° year-round perfect for the many indigenous tropical species that call this area home. Many can be spotted in and around these natural springs such as: alligators, turtles, deer, black bear, turkey, raccoons plus a variety of bird species. Uncommon species like the albino gray squirrel, river otters, and American eels can also be spotted. The adventurist will not want to miss the Juniper Springs Run, named a top 25 canoe runs in America by Reserve America. A seven-mile kayak or canoe trip brings you up close and personal with the local surroundings. This trip is for the adventurist that is not afraid to lay flat to avoid the natural canopy of oak trees that commonly traverse the waterways. Travelers can bring their own canoes and pay a small fee to help with park maintenance while those that want to travel light can rent one for $33 a day.
This summer and beyond why not make history at one of the oldest campsites in Florida. Travelers can experience authentic Florida as did the Native and African Americans did back in the early 1800’s as Juniper Springs Campgrounds delivers a slice of authentic Florida like no other.