Due to high demand, staying at the cabin requires participation in a lottery.  The lottery form and instructions are here:  2018 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



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Fire Restrictions Are In Place In the Ocala National Forest
The Forest Service has ordered Fire Restrictions to take effect at 0600 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017.

The Restrictions state "Beginning Monday, Aprl 10th, campfires will only be allowed in developed recreation areas. Inside developed recreation areas, fires are limited to pre-installed, metal receptacles designed for fire use such as gas, propane and charcoal grills, lanterns, stoves and campfire rings."

"In addition, small pressurized liquid gas stoves are allowed outside developed recreation areas."

So for those of you who plan on camping along the Florida Trail, campfires are not allowed.

Signs and more infomation is posted in and around Juniper.

Please be very vigilant about putting out your campfires completely. Do not throw cigarettes butts on the ground. Tiki torches, candles nor any other open flames are allowed in the campground nor along the Florida Trail. Please do not park your vehicles on the grass as one simple spark can start a fire.

Thank you so much for keeping Juniper, yourself and fellow campers, the forest and all that live here safe!!
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We want to wish you a Happy Easter! Please remember if you plan on hiding easter eggs at Juniper do not bring real eggs as they are animal attractants. Please leave the plastic eggs empty and give the treats directly to the children. Also, please do not bring the fake grass in the baskets. If animals eat it they can become sick or die. Thanks so much and have a blessed day! ... See MoreSee Less

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An update on the boardwalk. We've received a lot of questions about when the boardwalk will re-open. We realize how frustrating the wait has been. We love the boardwalk as well and want to get it fixed just as quickly as we can. Here's is why it wasn't fixed right after Hurricane Matthew: Juniper does not receive Federal tax dollars to improve things. Recreation Resource Management takes in the revenue we receive from you the customer and in turn takes a percentage of that revenue (based on our contract with the Forerst Service) and puts it back into repairs, additions (like the bear resistant food storage boxes etc.) for the rec area. Since the Hurricane wiped out the boardwalk at the end of the year our budget was pretty much spent so we had to wait until 2017. Us and the Forest Service were trying to come up with a better way of fixing the walkway for longevity but the costs were just too high. So now that we've come to a decision on what we're going to do we are now taking bids for the work. (Bids must be taken for any government project) In conclusion we are hoping to get it fixed in the next month or two. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience but please bare with us through this process. ... See MoreSee Less