Juniper Springs Recreation Area
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Showcasing sparkling springs in a subtropical setting, Juniper Springs is one of the oldest and best known recreation areas on the east coast. Located between Ocala and Ormond Beach along SR 40, this complex of swimming and picnic areas, campground, and trails was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The setting is unlike any other found in the United States, with hundreds of tiny bubbling springs and massive springs gushing out of crevices in the earth beneath a dense canopy of palms and oaks; an oasis within the heart of the desert-like Big Scrub.
Note: The dive platform in the day use area is closed, and jumping and diving into the swim area is no longer allowed. Dogs are allowed in the campground on the roadways and on the Florida Trail, but not in the day use area, the boardwalk, nor on any trails leading to the day use area. Dogs must also be on a maximum 6 ft. leash at all times and never left unattended.
- Pet Friendly