When in Ocala National Forest, we stayed at Salt Springs, Juniper Springs and Alexander Springs. Heads up!The different sites within the forest are operated by different concessionaires and you have to pay to use (even day use) them individually! If you’re camping, you don’t have to pay day use fee. If you want to see multiple sites and ok with moving camp to save a few bucks - it’s a smart move.
- Many sites are very private - we were shaded by palmettos! We could smell the pine trees too :)
- hot showers with good pressure! They’re individual showers at the back of the bathrooms so a bit more private too.
- no canoe rental at juniper springs due to COVID. We had been looking forward to the paddling trail :/ the staff basically said there was no place that we could get canoes from to use either
- Our favorite spring was Alexander springs! Alexander Springs seemed much more natural and scenic. Juniper Springs was a a bit hotel pool like :)
We had a great time camping and hiking the Florida Trail
Very clean bathroom, nice campsites ❤️
Very nice place to stay with private and big campsites. The Staff are very welcoming and helpful. The spring has a nice concrete wall around it with a ledge you can sit on in the water. The canoe run is amazing.
This is a good place to camp with your kids during nice Florida weather. In the rainy season, expect rain and flooded campgrounds. Especially Fern sites 61 & 62, very easily flooded, but nice and close to the showers. The 1 spring they offer to wade in is nice but gets very crowded on the weekends, full of grass on the bottom and rules in place- no jumping, can’t go in during a thunder storm etc. There are not many hiking trails at all here, just short paths through the campgrounds to the spring, or you can go out and back on the FL trail. The staff was nice and they offer ice and firewood 8am-8pm. The Juniper run canoe run is open if you have your own vessel, they are not renting canoes until 2021. We didn’t see any bears or gators but they are there. We did see and hear tons of frogs, everyone got a tick on them too. And I nice snake! Cool place but only for a couple nights and pray for no rain :)
Nice sized campsites that are private. The springs are beautiful but you can only swim at the day recreation pool spring which was somewhat small. Be sure to make reservations as the campground tends to fill up regularly.