Juniper Springs Recreation Area, Silver Springs

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  • First visit the Juniper Springs campground. A very nice camping area, and the Springs run is a great kayaking trip! I will definitely return. The campground, and park are very well taken care, the sta...  more »
  • Great campground. Very nice camp hosts. The trip down the river is one you do not want to miss. It has earned its right as a top 25 river to paddle. We paddles on a crazy cold Florida day, high of 38 ...  more »
  • Camped overnight November 28, 2017 in the well-maintained and clean campground. Security was good, no problem with animals or bugs. Did the Run the next day and hopefully the following helps. 1. This ...  more »
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  • The park and the facilities are beautiful and we'll maintained. The run is one of the best I've ever been on. The only draw-back is the staff, who can only be described as "Half-Way-House Refugees". They were low class, dirty, toothless, chain smoking, meth-head types. The company, according to Google, offers insurance, so this "look" is a obviously a personal choose for them. While there were a precious few who were genuinely friendly, the majority of them walked around with huge chips on their shoulders. The short, snippy, comments and answers that were given, and the know-it-all attitude, paired quite well with the condescending tone in which they spoke. I doubt that any of them are actually Florida natives, but they claim to be experts on the area. While on the run, with plenty of time left to go, a dirty, overweight staff member who was obviously not enrolled in the dental plan, paddled up with a cigarette in her mouth and attempted to rush us to the end of the run. She made multiple passive-aggressive comments and threatened us with all kinds of extra charges if we didn't stay on her schedule. This was completely uncalled for, as there was plenty of time left for the completion of the run. We, in fact, made our shuttle(not even the last one of the day) in a timely manner. I visit the park whenever I have company in town and I will continue to do so. The place is so beautiful that I refuse to let the attitude and demeanor of an untrained and uneducated staff stand in the way of such a wonderful resource. My wish is that the park could be run by knowledge, competent, and professional people who possess the ability to be helpful, courteous, and informative. My goal is to let people know what to prepair for, and to enlist help in getting better management, thus making juniper springs a truly magical place.
  • It's beautiful. Juniper springs itself is quite small, though. There is a boardwalk nature trail that is unfortunately closed for construction. Don't miss the Fern Hammock Spring, adjacent to the tent camping loop. Signs warning for alligators and bears, but I've seen neither. The camping is shady, and the sites sufficiently large. Potable water is available nearby and each site has a fire ring and grill. Bathhouse has hot showers. No electrical plugs to be found, however. Bring your pv charger!
  • This is my favorite place to camp. Was just there in early December and had a great time. It is very well maintained and always well staffed.
  • Awesome location for camping off the grid! Even has hot showers and dishwashing station. Swimming at Juniper Springs clear water is the best. Camping fees are reasonable.
  • It seems as if people are looking for some sort of "wet and wild" type of park. This is a calm and quiet park. You do not go here to drink, dive, yell, and pile a bunch of people into a canoe as I've read in all negative reviews. In my opinion I think it's lovely, the spring is natural and yes it has vegetation as it should. You do have to carry your canoe or kayak on a buggy to the river and back up again, for experienced people or adults this would be no problem. The river is small and quite beautiful and natural, and there are no swimming areas along it. I get it because some of the people who visit are foreigners and there are gators in the river, so to minimize having to put both the animals and guests at risk, you cannot swim there. The bathrooms were cleaned daily which helped to combat all the dirt people would track in. Yes it has ticks, it's a forest. Yes you have to be quiet past 10pm because of people like me who are, as someone stated, "Mormon" and go to sleep early so they can wake up at an earlier time. The campgrounds are not as small as someone else stated but they are only big enough for 2-3 tents. If you have a large family I would suggest sleeping in groups or getting multiple sites. Please take these things into consideration before you visit to prevent any other bad experiences here. I believe this is a great park to visit but I can understand why others may not feel the same.

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