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U.S. Forest Service

Southern Region Viewing Area


View of clear blue waters of Juniper Springs. Juniper Run. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

Man in a kayak paddling away from a landing in Juniper Creek. Visitors can enjoy a seven-mile canoe run down Juniper Creek to view different botanical areas. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

Arisaema triphyllum Arisaema triphyllum. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

Hypericum tetrapetalum Hypericum tetrapetalum. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

Atamasco lily Atamasco lily (Zephyranthes atamasco). Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

Juniper Springs

Forest: National Forest in Florida, Ocala National Forest

District: Lake George Ranger District

Description: Juniper Springs is one of the oldest, best known national forest recreation areas in the east. Constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is has semi-tropical scenery not found on any other national forest in the continental United States. The combine daily water flow from Juniper and Fern Hammock Springs is about 13 million gallons. Water temperature is a constant 72ยบ F. The combination of constant temperature and water discharge support plant species like cypress (Taxodium ssp.) and eel grass (Vallisneria americana) among others.

Visitors can enjoy a seven-mile canoe run down Juniper Creek providing the opportunity to view different botanical areas. The canoe run will take visitors to Juniper wilderness and ends on SR 19.

Viewing Information: Species commonly found in Juniper run include trumpet vine (Campsis radicans), water hemlock (Ciruta maculata), Carolina jasmine (Gelsemiun sempervirens), spider lily (Hymenocallis crassifolia), cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), fetterbush (Lyonia lucida), Anglestem primrose willow (Ludwigia leptocarpa), red ludwigia (Ludwigia repens), wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera), wild azalea (Rhododendron canescens), bulltongue arrowhead (Sagittaria lancifolia), atamasco lily (Zephyranthes atamasco).

Safety First: Depending on the time of year you may find biting insects. Take proper precautions such as insect repellant and long clothing. This area is extremely hot during summer; drink plenty of fluids. Further, protect yourself from the sun by using long clothing or sun block. Alligators are found in Juniper run. Swimming is prohibited on the run.

Directions: Juniper Sprigs is located about 30 miles east of Ocala on highway 40.

Ownership: United States Forest Service, National Forests in Florida, Lake George Ranger District, 17147 E. Highway 40, Silver Springs, FL 34488, (352) 625-2520.

Closest Towns: Ocala, Silver Springs, Umatilla, and Astor; Florida.