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Juniper Prairie Wilderness

#15 of 62 things to do in Ocala Features Animals
Ocala, FL
+1 352-625-2808
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Jumping Juniper!, really cool on a hot day.

We used to stop over here on my Harley return trip from Daytona Beach, all hot and bothered from... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2017
G.Weldon S
Beautiful spring

This was the only spring we managed to stop at while passing through the area. As it was off season... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2017
Dundee, United Kingdom
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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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Ocala, FL
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1 - 10 of 37 reviews

Reviewed 10 June 2017

We used to stop over here on my Harley return trip from Daytona Beach, all hot and bothered from the intense summer heat. We'd get in my shorts and jump in and swim around in that cool 73 degree water for about a half hour...More

1  Thank G.Weldon S
Reviewed 9 May 2017

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...More

1  Thank impgrrrl
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...More

1  Thank anisopterax2
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
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...More

1  Thank Michelle B
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...More

1  Thank Pamela S
Reviewed 8 January 2017

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

Thank mikems2017
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...More

Thank Sid_and_Roxy
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...More

2  Thank Smiles4Mile5
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
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18 March 2015|
Response from 4stevetaylor |
yes it is primitive, nice wooded sites and hot showers