Juniper Springs Run - (Camping at Alexander Springs)

  • August 17, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Juniper Springs may be one of the clearest streams in Florida. The springhead is enclosed in a rock-and-concrete wall that provides a large swimming pool. Juniper Creek starts very narrow below rich canopied woodland. It then enters the gorgeous Juniper Prairie Wilderness, through which it flows until just above FL19 bridge. Juniper Springs is a 7 mile pristine spring run, with lots of twists and turns. First timers will be amazed with this paddle, crystal clear shallow water at launch. It's 7 miles of fun filled downstream paddle with its own little shoals near the end for that very brief .25 class whitewater experience! We can pullover at Sweetwater Springs for a cool dip before ending our trip at Juniper Wayside takeout. No disposable containers, including soda cans/bottles allowed on this run. Bring your drink in a reusable container. We will unload kayaks at Juniper Spgs, then drive vehicles to Juniper Wayside Park on SR-19 a few miles down the road and then all pile in a few vehicles back to Springs and start our adventure

Starting at the canoe ramp, the upper spring run is crystal-clear and less than one foot deep. A white sand bottom gives the appearance of paddling down a sandy, twisty and narrow roadway. Palmetto, palms, oak and cypress form almost a complete canopy over the small creek, which is much appreciated on hot summer days. About two miles downstream, the run enters Juniper Prairie Wilderness, a sanctuary for wildlife and those seeking to get far away from the urban world. The Florida Trail passes through here, offering a great place to hike, as well as paddle.

Further downstream the creek becomes wider and deeper while a matting of leaves cover the bottom. A nice picnic spot with small wooden dock is at the half-way mark. Near the takeout the creek widens again into a flood plain / Savannah complete with marsh grasses, alligators and many wading birds. The takeout is just beyond the SR 19 bridge on the right side of the creek. Juniper Creek continues for another 2.5 miles before emptying into Lake George.

 

Getting There: JUNIPER SPRINGS REC AREA
26701 EAST HWY 40
SILVER SPRINGS FL 34488

< DO NOT USE GPS. IT WILL TAKE YOU 7 MILES WEST OF THE PARK >


From I-75 take Hwy 40 East thru Ocala and Silver Springs approximately 36 miles to the Juniper Springs Recreation Area. From I-95 take the Ocala/Silver Springs Exit (Hwy 40) west for approximately 37 miles to the Juniper Springs Recreation Area. From the Intersection of Hwy 40 and Hwy 19 the campground is located 4 1/2 miles west on Hwy 40. The entrance is on the north side of Hwy 40. Phone Park for More Information: Information:[masked]

 

Juniper Springs Recreation Area map

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  • Shari

    Everything was great except for the rain. Thank goodness the group had a canopy; a real life saver for our potluck!

    August 19, 2013

  • Judy D.

    Beautiful river and a great group!!

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Too tired to drive over last night. Coming today to scuba and party with my friends!

    August 17, 2013

  • Donald

    The gate code is 1312 for anyone running late

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Steve and I are also running very late. If it gets too late, we may join you early in the morning instead. Either way, still plan to camp Saturday night for sure and of course, both paddles.

    August 16, 2013

  • Donald

    Help can't get in after eight won't give me gate code

    August 16, 2013

  • Julie N

    running very late. Really crappy day. Won't get there till eight ish sorry

    August 16, 2013

  • Shari

    I am so confused!! I am driving up today and am sharing with Julie N. who has site 54. I guess Laura cancelled. Now I see Amy and Bojan has site 54 available. Since Julie has never called me, I guess I will now share with Bojan. See you there. Will pay whoever is really on site 54. Thanks.

    August 16, 2013

    • Laura

      Hi Shari. I am staying in Julie's pop-up instead of bringing my tent. Things change minute by minute!

      August 16, 2013

    • amy

      Correction, it is site 53 that I have.

      August 16, 2013

  • Charlie H.

    I have site #58 that can accommodate one more tent in addition to my tent.

    August 16, 2013

    • Charlie H.

      Bill, no problem. You can use half of site #58 with me.

      August 16, 2013

  • amy

    SLACKER FRIENDS if anyone is interested in any Glaceau Fruit Water please let me know. I received 2 cases from my company. I have 24-Lemon Lime, 5-Black Raspberry, 2-Strawberry Kiwi, and 2-Orange Mange. Let me know what you are interested in and I will bring them camping this weekend.

    1 · August 13, 2013

    • Craig G.

      Put me down for the Black Rapsberry and a couple of lemon lime.

      1 · August 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will take what ever is left over! :)

      August 16, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Don't forget we will be doing a potluck on Saturday. Bring food to share but don't over do it.

    August 14, 2013

    • Shari

      I'll bring some type of salad.

      August 15, 2013

    • Craig G.

      For those of us who need some meat, I picked up a real nice looking London Broil, and will grill the Teriyaki London Broil with Grilled onions. Sam, bring your appetite.

      August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just watched the weather report, 70% chance of rain Friday, Saturday 40% chance,Sunday 60% I am not camping out however I would still like to kayak on Saturday if not to bad out. I have only been once with the meetup group and don't know your policy. I have to drive 2 hours to get there how will I know if it is cancelled?

    August 15, 2013

    • Sam G.

      No chance of a cancellation. We paddle in the rain

      1 · August 16, 2013

    • Craig G.

      Not to mention camping in the rain too!

      August 16, 2013

  • amy

    I have campsite 54 available. Was sharing with Bojan. If anyone needs to share a site please let Bojan know and make arrangements with him.

    August 16, 2013

  • amy

    :-( out due to injury!

    August 16, 2013

  • Dianne G.

    August 15, 2013

  • Alex G.

    Are we doing a potluck on Saturday? I was thinking of making pulled pork.

    1 · August 14, 2013

    • amy

      Yummy!

      August 14, 2013

    • Mauri

      Good question?!

      August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I have to cancel. Will miss this great adventure

    August 14, 2013

  • Ronda G

    Going to pass on this trip! Still too hot for me. Looking forward to cooler weather!

    August 13, 2013

  • Shari

    Does anyone have a site to share? Thanks!

    August 12, 2013

    • Alex G.

      Yes, I can share. The more the merrier. I hope to leave work at noon. My number is[masked] if you need to get in touch.

      August 13, 2013

    • Shari

      Hello Julie, if you are not sharing with Laura then I'll share site 54 with you. I will arrive on Friday for both nights. Can you leave me your number and can I pay you upon arrival, how much? Thanks! Shari[masked]

      August 13, 2013

  • Alex G.

    I'm on site 61 if anyone wants to share.

    August 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Alex that would be great Steve and I definitely appreciate the offer will take you up on it. Thank you Amy for telling me and posting for me. We would like to camp both Friday and Saturday night

      1 · August 12, 2013

    • Alex G.

      Sorry about the delay, Pam. I would love to share my site.

      August 13, 2013

  • Bill

    Would like to share a site Friday and Saturday. Thanks.

    August 13, 2013

  • Cedomir D.

    HI Sam,
    Can we come only for the paddle either Saturday on Sunday, no camping?

    Thanks

    August 12, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Yes / That would be OK

      August 13, 2013

  • SunAnnie

    Sorry I cant make it...new grandson and new grand puppy are slowing me down!

    2 · August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Steve and I would like to camp both nights. Does anyone have a site to share?

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a kayak rental place there or can someone rent me one for the day?

    July 17, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Yes / I can arrange for a rental kayak for you

      July 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Sam, I will need that kayak for Saturday.

      August 8, 2013

  • Clare

    I am also looking to share a campsite.

    August 6, 2013

    • Craig G.

      Shari, your lucky there are still a few sites left. You should reserve a site right away if you planning on coming up.

      August 6, 2013

    • Shari

      Clare, did you still want to share?

      August 8, 2013

  • tina

    Work has other plans for me

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone have an extra camp spot to share for both nights? I will pay my share. Please let me know. Thanks

    August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Amy please reserve it in the loop D as Sam pointed out. I will give you money later.

      August 5, 2013

    • amy

      Bojan, we are on site 53. What time are you planning on heading up? I plan on only working a half day to get up there early enough to set up while the sun is still up. Do you want to try to ride together?

      August 6, 2013

  • Mauri

    Sam, I'm still sharing your sight right?

    August 4, 2013

  • Judy D.

    Always wanted to be a slacker!

    August 4, 2013

  • Ronda G

    What loop is everyone staying in?

    August 4, 2013

    • Sam G.

      We are camping at Alexander Springs Park. Most of us are in the last Loop (D).

      August 4, 2013

    • Ronda G

      Thanks.

      August 4, 2013

  • Hiker E.

    In the mountains

    August 2, 2013

  • Julie N

    I have camp site 54. If anyone wants to share. The pop-up is full. The camp ground has only non-electric sites. No AC.

    July 21, 2013

    • Julie N

      Its yours. See you then. Will you be there both Fri and Sat???

      July 22, 2013

    • Laura

      Super! I will be there both nights.

      July 24, 2013

  • Julie N

    Are we for sure camping at alexander springs?? Cancelations cost a fortune.

    July 20, 2013

    • Sam G.

      yes / Alexander Springs Camping

      July 21, 2013

  • Julie N

    Does any one have a camp site to share. Would like to bring the popup will bring a tent if you don't want me to bring the whole house.

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    done it before but love it

    July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to trying out my new kayak.

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to hiking with new found friends. Juniper Springs should be a very pretty hike

    July 17, 2013

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