Juniper Springs is a 2nd magnitude spring with an oval-shaped pool that measures about 120 feet north to south and 90 feet east to west. Several limestone vents and sand boils are present on the pool bottom, with sand and aquatic grasses in other areas of the pool. The clear, bluish water has a low dissolved solids concentration compared with most Florida springs. A limestone and concrete wall with steps and other access points surrounds the pool. An old millhouse and spillway are on the east side of the pool. Numerous sand boils are located down the run from the main pool, with the largest by the bridge over the run. The springs are the headwaters of Juniper Creek, which meanders toward the northeast through the Juniper Prairie Wilderness for about 10 miles to Lake George. Fern Hammock Springs are located about 0.25 miles downstream from Juniper Springs. The springs and the surrounding recreational area provide facilities for camping, picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and canoeing.
The spring is a major recreation area in the Ocala National Forest and offers camping (60 RV sites and 19 tent sites), swimming, canoeing (with drop-off and pick-up), canoe rentals, rest rooms, concessions, visitor center, museum, picnic facilities, and showers. Fern Hammock Springs are located within the Juniper Springs campground area—ask for directions at the pay station when you enter the Juniper Recreation Area. A trail connects the two springs and follows the Juniper Springs run. Juniper Creek flows north and east through dense semi-tropical forest, and a portion of the Florida National Scenic Trail goes right through the heart of it and may be accessed from the Juniper Springs Recreation Area. The Juniper Creek canoe trail is considered by many to be the best canoe run in Florida. The creek flows through a designated wilderness area of the national forest. The run is seven miles, and canoe rentals and pick-up can be arranged for about $25. Carts are provided to wheel the canoes down the long path to the creek. The trip takes about 4 hours.
Ocala National Forest Visitor Center10863 E. Highway 40 Silver Springs, FL 34488