Due to high demand, staying at the cabin requires participation in a lottery.  The lottery form and instructions are here:  2016 Sweetwater Cabin Lottery Application.

Sweetwater Cabin is a great way to get away from it all, and has its own spring, swimming area, and canoes.

The Sweetwater Spring Rental Cabin is located in the Juniper Prairie Wilderness Area of the Ocala Naional 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.

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.  The lottery is open from January 1st through May 31st each year. To enter you must send in a letter with a self addressed stamped envelope and list the three choice weeks you desire to rent the cabin. Weeks run from Friday to Friday and Sweetwater is closed the 1st week of April and 1st week of October for Maintenance. Only one entry per household.

For reservations or more information regarding Sweetwater Cabin call (352) 625-0546. Or, contact:

Recreation Resource Management, Inc.
26701 E. Hwy. 40
Silver Springs, FL 34488



Juniper Springs Run Update: Great news!! The Forest Service and us have worked hard the last few days and have gotten the hazard trees and debris taken care of for the most part. I'm sure there will be a bit more clean up but launch will be open tomorrow!!! We would like to thank the Forest Service for all their hard work in getting the hazard trees out and taken care of!! We appreciate all your hard work! So come on down and enjoy a day on the creek!! ... See MoreSee Less

Juniper Update: We will be open tomorrow!! We have been cleared to be open. Thank you all very much for your patience!! Juniper Springs run still needs a lot of work before launch will be open. We will keep you updated. Thank you again. Great praise to all our staff for all their hard work. You all have done a fantastic job!! Also we would like to thank our sister park in Alabama - Roland Cooper State Park for taking care of us when we evacuated! Ed and Lynette we all appreciate your hospitality!! ... See MoreSee Less

Juniper Update: our crew has been working hard to clean up all of the downed trees and debris. They have all done a fantastic job!!! We now need to wait for the Forest Service to do a hazard tree assessment before we open. We may not be able to open Thursday or Friday at this point. Launch will be closed for quite some time unfortunately. There's about 25 plus trees down that will need to be taken care of. We will begin work on some of those tomorrow. The Forest Service will be helping us with this clean up as well. We'll keep you updated as things progress. We're sorry for the inconvenience but until things are safe we just can't open up. We appreciate all your patience during this time. Thank you!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Juniper Update: We have no power at this time. We have a lot of trees down that need to be cleaned up. The buildings all faired well which is good. We do not anticipate re-opening until Wednesday. We won't open until we have power. We'll keep you updated. Hope everyone else is safe. Thank you!! ... See MoreSee Less

Juniper Springs Update: With Hurricane Matthew approaching the District Ranger has set a tentative evacuation date for Thursday at 3:30 pm (this may change to an eariler timeframe). We will be closing tomorrow (Wednesdy) in preparation. Camping reservations will be cancelled and refunds issued from Wednesday on through the weekend. We will keep you updated as best as we can as things change. We probably will not re-open much before Monday as we do not know the extent of clean up that will be needed once the storm passes. Thank you all and be safe!!!! ... See MoreSee Less