Imagine yourself surrounded by the most vibrant hues of green, swimming in crystal blue water, with only the sounds of nature around you. You can reset and relax in just such an environment at the Juniper Springs Recreation Center, where you can camp for cheap near Orlando in a lush palm tree forest for $22.
In the heart of Ocala National Forest, shaded from the sun by lofty palm trees, you can camp within walking distance of some of Florida’s most beautiful springs.
A true return to nature, there is no electricity in the park, but there are proper toilets, bathhouses, and drinking water.
While you’re there, you can also rent canoes, and an on-site concessionaire sells charcoal, firewood, and ice. About 10 miles away is Forest Corners, featuring a grocery store, hardware store, produce stand, and banks with ATMs, so civilization isn’t too far away if you have need of it.
The campground and trails were constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and are one of the oldest parks in Florida. Unlike any other found in the US, this preserve is made up of hundreds of bubbling springs, some tiny and some massive, gushing out of the crevices of the earth.
Creating a true oasis, beneath a dense canopy of palms and oaks, you can float along the river or soak in natural spring water. Hike the many wind trails, or snorkel as deep as you dare.
While day use is just $5, you can camp overnight for $22, or even buy a year pass if you fall in love with the place. We’re just about positive you will.
Juniper Springs Recreation Center
Price: $22 per night
When: Open year-round
Address: 26701 FL-40, Silver Springs, FL
Why You Need To Go: Camp beneath this beatiful palm forest and swim in crystal clear springs!