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Juniper Springs Run Part II - (We will be camping at Alexander Springs)

  • Feb 23, 2013 · 10:30 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.

ALEXANDER SPRINGS CAMPING INFO - They fill up fast so make your reservations as soon as possible

CAMPING FEE: $21.00, primitive/bathrooms/showers,no electric, this includes entrance fee; sites are 1st come/1st served; can call[masked] to reserve a site to be certain. 2 tents/vehicles per site allowed.

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

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
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29°10'56"N, 81°42'45"W

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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  • A former member
    A former member

    This was awesome!!! I loved it!!! Everyone was so nice!! Can't wait to get out with the group again.

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun day, beautiful river. lot's of maneuvering around trees etc.

    February 24, 2013

  • julie

    A Blast as usual!!!!

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bring Triscuits with cheddar and pepperoni. Also a bundle of firewood I got at Publix. Because I'm lazy I have small starter logs.

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am bringing potato Salad to the potluck

    February 22, 2013

    • Sam G.

      i'M bringing Brats

      February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Picked up a bundle of wood at Publix. Will be at Juniper launch site Saturday. Have campsite at Alexander Springs Rec Area for Saturday night. Site 008, space open for 2nd tent.

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a list of what is needed for the Potluck?

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam, I will arrive late Friday evening. See you all, then.

    February 20, 2013

  • Julie N

    OK, I have Sun Annie, Donnan Tew (Saturday only) Linda R and myself in the camper. I thought Julie A was going to be in the camper also but it doesn't show here as going now. I am checking on that. I have site #63 for Friday and Saturday night but don't think anyone is putting up a tent. If you said you were sharing can you let me know sometime today. If I don't hear from anyone I will assume that half the site is available.

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam, I would like to rent the 14' Wilderness Systems Pungo.

    February 6, 2013

  • Donna T.

    I may need to rent a kayak. Will know in the next week or so; is that enough time to let u know?

    January 27, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Let me know as soon as possible

      February 4, 2013

    • Donna T.

      Yes, Sam, I do need a kayak rental. Will be driving up Sat am in time for the 10:30 paddle and staying that night with Julie N. Thanks.

      February 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Fred,
    See you there, just made my reservations. I was nice meeting you today.

    February 2, 2013

    • Hiker E.

      Sounds like Holiday Inn camping to me. Hee. I have my back pack tent which is really small. Nice and light. What time will you have the coffee ready each morning? :)

      February 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      LOL...We get up pretty early. You are welcome to join for coffee. I like the outdoors, but I don't ruff it by any means..HAHA

      February 4, 2013

  • Kristina

    I am hoping my daughter and her friend will join me on this adventure.

    January 27, 2013

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