Paddle Florida

PADDLE FLORIDA
Over 85 Florida Paddling Destinations

PaddleFlorida
Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, FloridaPaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida

You are here > Home > North Florida > Paddle Juniper Run
Reported: Nov. 2011 ; latest update: Oct. 2015

Juniper Run... Paddling in the Ocala National Forest

The paddling trail from Juniper Springs Recreation Area to Juniper Wayside Park extends about 7 miles. Paddling can be very technical especially at high water, best for experienced paddlers. There are no intermediate access points, the average trip is about 4-5 hours. The first 1.5 miles is the prettiest - narrow and winding, with crystal clear, shallow water - but also swift moving. The middle section alternates between wider, deeper water and narrower runs including a short rapids. At the bottom, it broadens out through wetlands before arriving at Wayside Park.  A livery service is available at the recreation area with canoes and kayaks for rent. (Detailed map and photos below.)



View Larger Map
Distance: 7 miles one-way from Juniper Springs to Juniper Wayside Park on SR 19
Location: Marion County (SR40 east of Ocala and Silver Springs)
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Tidal: No
Launch points: Juniper Springs Recreation Area; Juniper Wayside Park (at the bridge on U.S. Highway 19) (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: Juniper Springs Recreation Area concession (link, above right)
Nearby points of interest: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park (Cross Creek), Appleton Museum of Art (Ocala), Silver Springs State Park

The spring is actually many springs both in the main spring bowl and along the spring run - watch and listen for them. This is a popular destination and can be very busy, especially on weekends. Be aware of the rules as they DO check your coolers and bags - no plastic bags or disposable containers are allowed, even candy bars need to be taken out of their wrappers. Check with the livery service for launch hours as well, everyone must be off the run by sunset and launch times are strictly enforced.

 Wildlife along the spring run include deer, otters, raccoons, alligators, birds, and black bears. The run goes past palms, cypress and southern hardwoods plus sawgrass and wetlands.

Juniper Springs Recreation Area in the Ocala National Forest is one of the oldest in the U.S., constructed by the CCC in the 1930's. Of historical interest is the Millhouse - since the area was far from any sources of electricity, the millhouse was built to use the spring itself to generate power. The recreational area includes camping, picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, and hiking. An 8-mile segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail runs through the Juniper Prairie Wilderness.

Paddling at Juniper Run
(tap or hover over photo for larger view)
At the launch
We used the livery for a reverse pick-up (we dropped off our kayaks at the launch, drove our car to Wayside Park and they drove us back). From the staging area a boardwalk leads to the launch, carts are provided.
Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida
Staging area, carts are provided Boardwalk
to the launch
Launch at Juniper Recreation Area
Top section
Prettiest section with clear, shallow water.
Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida
Leaving the launch Shallow, crystal clear water
Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida
Maneuvering around and under downed trees    
Middle section
Diverse, wide to narrow. A rapids runs here - our camera died just then
and not a good point to pull out the backup so no photos!

Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida
         
Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida
    Limbo anyone? More obstacles to maneuver around
Lower section
Widens out, through some wetlands - a good area to see birds and alligators
Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida
        SR 19 bridge
Wayside Park
Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida
Pulling up to
Wayside Park
Take-out At Wayside Park Staging area
Flora and Fauna
Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida
Turtles Alligator Daisies on the shoreline A touch
of autumn
Juniper Springs Recreation Area
Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida Paddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs - Kayak, CanoePaddle Juniper Run, Juniper Springs, kayak, canoe, Florida
To concession, rentals Canoe and kayak rentals Parking area Main spring Millhouse

More information on paddling at Juniper Springs (opens in a new window):

- USDA Forest Service - Juniper Springs
- USDA Forest Service - Juniper Run
- USDA Forest Service - Juniper Wayside

Top of Page

Paddling in Florida - Kayak, Canoe
Juniper Run

Outfitters/Rentals

Juniper Springs Recreation Area


Ocala, Florida, weather forecast