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



We want to officially announce the closing of the jumping platform in the day use area spring. RRM and the USFS are committed to visitor safety. While we understand the popularity of this jumping platform, the danger of being injured while jumping from it or being hit by someone jumping from it is too high. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to close this popular feature. ... See MoreSee Less

We hope you all had a very Happy and safe 4th of July weekend! It was great seeing you all! Thank you for your patience through our little water line break - we appreciate that!! Summer is still going strong so stop by and see us anytime! We'd love to have you! ... See MoreSee Less

Hey everyone! 4th of July is just right around the corner! Can you believe it?!? Here's a few things to know before you come so you can have the best time ever: remember if you plan to do the canoe run there are no disposables items allowed meaning all food must be taken out of the manufactured packaging and placed into reusable containers, no foil, paper towel, etc. Same with drinks, they must be in a sports bottle, etc. No alcohol and no pets are allowed down Juniper Run. No children under 40 pounds can go in the rental boats. Also, if there is a line at the gate (because the parking lot is full) and you're already parked but choose to leave the recreation area and come back you will wait in line again because your pass does not reserve you a parking space. Remember you cannot reserve the picnic tables in any fashion. Lastly but most importantly - no fireworks of any kind (including sparklers, snap pops, etc.) are allowed in the recreation area anywhere at anytime. Thanks so much for your help with all of this and we can't wait to see you!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

We hope all you Dad's out there had a very Happy Father's Day!! We hope you enjoyed spending time at Juniper with your families! We sure enjoyed having you! ... See MoreSee Less

We hope you all had a very happy and safe Memorial Day weekend! We hope you all had a great time and we enjoyed having you visit us! Special thanks to all our military, both past and present, our fire fighters, EMT's and law enforcement who protect us everyday. We appreciate all of your hard work and dedication! ... See MoreSee Less