Juniper Springs This central Florida gem, located at Ocala National Forest, will make you feel like you’re stepping into Ariel’s secret grotto. Canoe or kayak the juniper run where the water is cool and clear and you can watch small springs bubbling up from the shallow, sandy bottoms as you paddle your way through shaded florida wilderness.
Juniper Springs, Ocala FL - From Interstate 75 at SR 40 in Ocala, drive east through Ocala and Silver Springs to reach the Ocala National Forest. It's about 28 miles from I-75 to the recreation area entrance road on the left. This central Florida gem is located at the Ocala National Forest, http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/ocala/recarea/?recid=34064
My personal favorite canoe run. The seven-mile canoe run from Juniper Springs is one of the best canoeing opportunities in central Florida. The canopied creek winds through dense, primeval forests that seem untouched by man — on weekdays, anyway. Come early in the morning and you’ll paddle through dappled light that filters through the trees down into crystalline water.