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



All of us at Juniper Springs want to wish you Happy Holidays and the Best New Year! We appreciate all your business over the year and look forward to seeing you again in 2017. Many thanks to all our law enforcement officals and service men and women. Everyone be safe this holiday season. ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy November! Can you believe the year is almost over! We can't wait to see all of you for Thanksgiving week! Just a few reminders: turkey fryers are not allowed. If you're using the infared kind that's ok but none with oil. We've had quite a bit of bear activity around us so please remember - unless your physically cooking and/or eating all of your food, utensils, pots, pans, coolers etc. must be put away at all times. After eating please make sure you are taking your trash to the dumpsters. It takes all of us to make this work so thanks so much for all your help! We can't do it without you! ... See MoreSee Less

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