Sweetwater Springs is a 2nd magnitude spring with a picturesque spring pool about 70 feet long by 60 feet wide. Clear, light blue water flows from two oval-shaped vents about 4 to 5 feet long, with exposed limestone around the vents. Boils are visible over the vents. The discharge flows southward about 80 feet to Juniper Creek. Sweetwater Springs is in a nonpublic recreation area of the Ocala National Forest, with a rental cabin near the spring pool.
The Sweetwater Spring Rental Cabin is located in the Juniper Prairie Wilderness Area of the Ocala National Forest in the Silver Springs area. Gated access to the cabin is via approximately 1/2 mile of maintained sandy lane. The cabin, built in 1935, is a rustic 2 bedroom cabin that sleeps 12, and has a full bath, equipped kitchen including microwave, coffee pot, toaster, dishes and silverware. The living room has a rustic fireplace for those cozy nights. All you need to bring is your linens, pillows and food. The cabin is sited on the incredible Juniper Creek inland waterway that flows through the Juniper Prairie Wilderness area. Additionally, the cabin site overlooks scenic Sweetwater Spring and includes an observation deck sited directly over the spring. Unfortunately, due to the ecologically sensitive nature of the site, no pets are allowed inside or outside the cabin area.
For active leisure fun, 2 canoes with paddles and life vests are furnished for guests. Canoeists can negotiate the famous Juniper Canoe Run and egress at Juniper Wayside on SR 19. Or, if you are looking for a more passive activity, you can enjoy nature at it’s finest by sitting on the screened porch, the observation deck, or by taking a leisure walk in the surrounding woods.
The cabin is centrally locate for day visits to many of Florida's most desirable attractions. World famous Silver Springs is only 31 miles away. Other attractions in the Orlando Area, including Disney World, MGM Studios, Sea World, and Universal Studios, are an approximate 60-90 minute drive from the cabin. World famous Daytona Beach and its speedway are a short a 45-minute drive away. If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, Sweetwater Cabin is the place to disconnect. Don’t even bother to bring a cell phone or beeper. Sweetwater Cabin rental reservations are awarded through an annual computerized lottery selection process.
Recreation Resource Management, Inc. 26701 E. Hwy. 40 Silver Springs, FL 34488