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 Run has been named one of the fourteen best places to canoe and kayak on the National Forests in the country!!!! Special thanks to all of you who help us keep the run clean, prestine and free of trash!! You rock!! For all of you who haven't been down-come see what all the fess is about!! ... See MoreSee Less

Hello Everyone! It's almost Thanksgiving! The campground is very busy with happy campers preparing for the big day. Just a few reminders - please no turkey fryers (unless they are the infrared kind or do not have an oil component to the process). Please make sure to throw all your turkey parts and garbage in the dumpsters as soon as possilbe. PLEASE DO NOT dump oil or any food items on the ground. If you need an extra trash bag or two please don't hesitate to ask the staff they'll gladly provide you with extras. This just keeps the bears away for turkey day. We do still have bears roaming in Juniper so let's all be safe and have a HAPPY HOLIDAY!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Fall everyone! A few reminders-sales tax is going up on November 1st so camping fees will now be $23.10 with tax-not much of an increase but we wanted to let you know. Also, the 16th Annual Florida Black Bear & Wildlife Conservation Festival is this Saturday the 10th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Umatilla. A great opportunity to learn about black bears and what we all can do to stay safe and help them stay safe. Because fall and winter are approaching, black bears will be searching for food as their natural stores are depleting. As a reminder the Food Storage Order will be strictly enforced. Non-compliance can result in a $75.00 fine or expulsion from the campground. This means if you are not physically eating and/or preparing food ALL of your coolers (even if they are empty), utensils, pots, pans, food, beverages (anything having to do with food or food prep) MUST be put in your vehicle. Do not leave out dog food/water bowls even if they are empty. NO trash hung up on the lantern hooks please. Do not ever eat in your tent or keep toiletries such as toothpaste, body wash etc. in your tent. Before you go to bed take off clothes you have cooked in and put them in your vehicle. Wear clean clothes to bed. Why does all this matter? Bears have the best sense of smell of any land mammal, seven times better than a bloodhound!!We will be installing bear resistant storage containers in the Fern Hammock loop this month!!! We will continue to work on installing the containers throughout the campground next year as well. We must all work together and do our part to ensure safety in the campground. For those of you who are coming for Halloween DO NOT bring real pumpkins, gourds etc. Great bear attractants! We had a bear last year that even enjoyed someone's fake pumpkin. We appreciate everyone's cooperation in this!! ... See MoreSee Less

Good news the creek has gone done and as of this evening there were no trees down. So the canoe/kayak launch will be open tomorrow! ... See MoreSee Less

The canoe and kayak launch is closed today due to high water and continued rain today. It may be closed tomorrow as well. ... See MoreSee Less