Juniper Springs - Ocala National Forest, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Bon Echo
N 29° 11.047 W 081° 42.754
17R E 430718 N 3228594
At Juniper Springs Recreation Area
Waymark Code: WM121ZH
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 02/05/2020
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
Views: 3

A second-order magnitude spring located within the Juniper Springs Recreation Area in the Ocala National Forest. Described as originally being a shallow, low-magnitude spring in the early 1900's, the spring pool was enlarged and fortified through the work of the Civilian Conservation Corp between 1935 and 1936. Today the spring pool continues to attract many visitors to swim in and enjoy the beauty of the water and area. water enters the pool from two large vents, approximately 10'-12' below the water surface.

Juniper Springs Pool

Juniper Springs is a second-magnitude spring with an oval-shaped pool that measures about 120 feet from north to south and 90 feet from east to west. Several limestone vents and sand boils are present on the pool bottom, with sand and aquatic grasses in other areas of the pool. The clear, bluish water has a low dissolved solids concentration compared with most Florida springs. A limestone and concrete wall with steps and other access points surrounds the pool. An old millhouse and spillway are on the east side of the pool. Numerous sand boils are located down the run from the main pool, with the largest by the bridge over the run. The springs are the headwaters of Juniper Creek, which meanders toward the northeast through the Juniper Prairie Wilderness for about 10 miles to Lake George. Fern Hammock Springs are located about 0.25 miles downstream from Juniper Springs. The springs and the surrounding recreational area provide facilities for camping, picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and canoeing.

One of two vents where water enters the pool

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Recent discharge data for Juniper Springs

Public or Private Land?: Public

Public Land Fees?: Day Use $5.50 per person

Private Land access?: Not listed

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