Florida has hundreds of spring-fed streams, but perhaps the most pristine is Juniper Spring and Juniper Run in the Ocala National Forest.

Juniper Springs in Ocala National Forest.

Florida has hundreds of spring-fed streams, but perhaps the most pristine is Juniper Spring and Juniper Run in the Ocala National Forest.

When the Orlando Sentinel conducted an extensive investigation into the sad condition of Florida springs in 2012, one spring stood out as one of the healthiest in the state – Juniper.

“It may not be what it was 200 years ago, but it’s probably as close as you get,” said springs scientist Rob Mattson of the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Even better, Juniper Spring Run is exceptionally beautiful and accessible to kayak or canoe.