Thursday, February 20, 2014
Juniper Springs Campground
This recreation area is one of the many places that benefited from President Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps program which provided jobs for unemployed young men during the 1930s. The CCC men built the campground, trails, swimming pool around the springs and even a small water wheel to supply electrical power. The swimming pool is not accessible but the water wheel building, which houses a few interpretive signs, and the boardwalk trail are both accessible. The boardwalk is a little over one mile long, out and back. It follows Juniper Creek with views of the creek and ends at beautiful Fern Hammock Springs. A very steeply arched bridge (not accessible) crosses over the spring where it’s possible to look down into the crystal clear water and see the spring bubbling up through the sandy bottom.
None of the sites in the campground are marked as accessible but most are useable. The ground is hard packed sand and the tables have long overhangs. The campground has flush toilets, showers, potable water and a dump station.
Many of the campsites are pull through and fairly long but because of the angles and trees it may be a little difficult to maneuver a large RV into place. Campground