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Juniper Springs Recreation Area Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silver Springs, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.4 mi Elevation gain 22 ft Route type Out & Back
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Trail covers the swimming area and the early stages of the spring run and is mostly a boardwalk through the jungle that follows the water behind the mill house. The water is a clear blue at the end of the trail where the water is a little deeper. It's a short trail but there are a lot of interesting places to stop along the way.

Florida Office of Visitor Inquiry, Division of Tourism, 126 W. Van Buren Street , Tallahassee, FL, 32399-2000, Phone: 904-487-1462 Ocala National Forest Information Center, Pittman, Fl. (see Lee)

Directions from Astor Park, FL: Travel west along State Highway 40 approximately 8 - 10 miles.

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chris serafini
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Hiking

really small park... never more than a few feet from a campsite, road, or something else.

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Brenda Warren
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Fee

NOT dog friendly. Drove for an hour to see & never made it past the gate. Dogs allowed in campground only. Very disappointed!!

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Katherine Dean
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Hiking

Went at 815am, boardwalk was super slippery, also MANY spider webs on path. Be careful. Beautiful ponds, you can see the springs in the water bubbling up. It was worth the danger getting there lol. We did not take the same path back, we cut through the camp sites and roadway.

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Bronson O'Shea
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Stephanie Townsend
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Hiking

Only gave 3 starts because so many trails closed due to COVID but if you can make your way around you are rewarded with a beautiful sand boil spring. The main swimming area wasn’t too crowded on a Monday but the Flies are incessant.

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Tim Carpenter
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Hiking

Trail covers the swimming area and the early stages of the spring run and is mostly a boardwalk through the jungle that follows the water behind the mill house. The water is a clear blue at the end of the trail where the water is a little deeper but the only swimming allowed is at the very beginning. (I was lucky enough to get a video of an alligator snapping turtle swimming under water at the end.) It's a short trail but there are a lot of interesting places to stop along the way.

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Shea Volkel
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Hiking

The trail itself is not the biggest attraction of Juniper Springs, but it’s a decent trail with a boardwalk. It can get buggy sometimes, but that’s a lot of Florida really. The actual spring is incredible though and makes visiting worthwhile! Cool fresh water that’s very refreshing and the size of the spring is conducive for swimming a good distance, at least when it’s not too crowded. Because of the cooler temperature and the depth I suspect, most southerners and kids seemed to stay near the edges when I was there, but great for a northerner and hydrophile like me. I loved it!

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Davida Marziale
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Nature trips

Easy trail to do with kids. Its all along a boardwalk with overlooks of Juniper Creek. At the end of the trail is the most beautiful area.

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Paula Barber
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Paul Ray
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Backpacking

The is a good out and back to discover Hidden Pond (over populated at night). Better hike is from Hopkins Prairie to Rodman Dam.

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Tim Boehlein
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Hiking

Awesome little trail to cap off an amazing hike. Hiked 30 miles from the 88 store down to Juniper springs! Decided to cap off the adventure with this little hike! Really easy and informative

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Matthew Hoelscher
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Hiking

Beautiful boardwalk along the river. the wood is very slippery with mold when wet. We took the shortcut home thru the campground.

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Jean-Claude vanTramp
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Hiking

Very nice boardwalk trail through lush palms and pines to a beautiful turquoise spring with bubbling boils of aquifer spring water. Your Interagency pass will give you a 50% discount on the $5.50 per person entry fee.

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Jessica Crotts
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Taniya Eldridge
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Recommend camping here and then doing trail. May be a little expensive if just coming for the hike. We saw a river otter which was cool.

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Lexi Johnson
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FYI dogs can’t be at the park. We had to turn around with the pup :(

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Darcy Lindsey
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The boardwalk is nice but find the entrance per person fee very high. Would think twice before paying to do the hike

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payong puksahome
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Hiking

Since we were going only to hike, the very short walk to the spring amidst swimmers was not worth the $10 park entry.

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Richard Drass
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Walking

Absolutely stunning place to visit. Has a swimming hole and lots of camping. Recommend visiting here at least once

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David Restrepo
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Camping

lots to do. lots of trails everywere. unfortunately couldn't do the spring it was after a hurricane so a lot of down trees in the path

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Monroe Deese
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Hiking

Short trail but a nice few along the creek with the bubbling springs along the way. The boardwalk makes for an easy walk

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Jake Amos
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Hiking

Nice camping sites. The spring water is so clear it was an amazing place.

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Griselle Piferrer
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This is s short trail , mostly you walk on the boardwalk but very beautiful. Few spits where you see the water bubbling from the ground. Very impressive. Nice and easy walk.

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Don Young
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Walking

Beautiful, but mostly on board walks. Although that might well have been fortuitous as I did encounter my first ever alligator.

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Tony Quintal
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Camping

Beautiful natural spring. I enjoy very much swimming the entire day in the spring pool. There is also like a 7 miles canoe trail down river that i was not able to do but looks very fun. Good park for a weekend in the woods and some relaxing and refreshing natural spring water activities.

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Les Phagan
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Great place to camp or visit. Thick forest, crystal clear cold springs and a place to swim in them.

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Olga Sexton
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Howard Hufford
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Stephanie Krobatsch
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