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spot a bald eagle, several species of herons, or otters at play. Alligators also ply these waters, which is one reason wading or tubing is not allowed on the creek. Private canoes can be used, or they can be rented from the onsite concessionaire, which also offers shuttle services.

DIVE IN: Bring a swimsuit. Nestled beneath large live oak trees and ringed with stone steps, the main pool in Juniper Springs is 125 feet long and up to 80 feet wide. With a depth aver- aging 10 feet and a water temperature averaging 72 degrees year-round, the blue-tinged spring provides a wonder- ful way to cool off after a hot, humid day of paddling or hiking. And save some time to take the one-mile round-trip nature trail from Juniper Springs to Fern Hammock Springs, a major tributary of Juniper Creek.

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LOCAL WISDOM: For the most solitude and best wildlife viewing, plan your canoe trip on a weekday; weekends and holidays are frequently crowded.

WHEN TO GO: Late fall to early spring is best because temperatures are mild, and it is the dry, low-insect season.

DID YOU KNOW that the 1946 Academy Award-winning movie, The Yearling starring Gregory Peck, was filmed at Pat’s Island, the site of an 1840 settlement in the Juniper Prairie Wilderness? This sensitive tale, based on Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a lonely 11-year-old boy attached to a young deer, is set on a strug-

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gling pioneer farm in post-Civil War Florida. A three- to six-mile interpretive trail system in the area (the “Yearling Trail”) is named after the book and provides access to sites where the family whose stories inspired the novel lived. Access is off of SR 19 to the east of Juniper Springs.

GETTINGTHERE: From I-75 take Highway 40 East thru Ocala and Silver Springs approximately 36 miles to the Juniper Springs Recreation Area.

RESOURCES: Call 877-444-6777 or go to to make camping reservations. To book a canoe or canoe shuttle service, call 352-625-2808. ¿

An avid backpacker and paddler, LARRY RICE is a former contributing editor for Backpacker and Canoe & Kayak magazines.


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