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Ocala National Forest

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Went to ONF for the day and explored Alexander Springs, Juniper Springs and Salt Springs. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Eustis, Florida
I love ONF!!!

I spend every weekend in ONF. Either hiking, biking, or riding somewhere in this amazing forest. My... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tavares, Florida
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National parkland consisting of 383,220 acres of various landscapes, including highlands, coastal lowlands, swamps, springs, lakes and ponds.
40929 State Road 19, Umatilla, FL 32784-9326
+1 352-669-3153
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to ONF for the day and explored Alexander Springs, Juniper Springs and Salt Springs. The weather was perfect for walking on the nature trails. The parks weren't crowded so it was easy to get around. I'm looking forward to going back this summer to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DLL4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spend every weekend in ONF. Either hiking, biking, or riding somewhere in this amazing forest. My dog and I hiked the Florida Trail this past spring. From Clearwater Lake in Paisley to Rodman Dam. Nicely blazed, beautiful trail. Great way to see this forest....More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank FlaHarlock
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Or download the map to your phone or device as it would be easy to get lost out there and service is spotty. Lots to explore as this place is huge. Blue Sink is a must if you can find it. Drive slow. On some...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank williamo126
Reviewed 28 November 2018 via mobile

We stayed in the Ocala National forest. The first place we stayed was Salt Springs. It was very nice. Had a lovely lake to raft in and had a gorgeous spring to swim in. There was lots of wildlife to view. Only thing was the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Theresasquirrellvar
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

The Ocala National Forest offers lots of fun things to do. Alexander Springs is a beautiful natural place to cool off. Advise is to go early, they stop letting g people in when it reaches a certain capacity. Lots of trails, kayaking and just observing...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank dkexperience27
Reviewed 23 July 2018

This huge forest is teeming with wildlife, natural springs, lakes, streams, and trails. There is something for everyone, whether you are just wanting to enjoy the outdoors for a day or want to camp for a week or more. You can camp in the wild...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Keith B
Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

Lake Kerr is crystal clear, the Oklawaha river is cool and beaming with wildlife. Also, four wheeling through the forest feels like a different country. All free for everyone to enjoy.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank larrymckinney44
Reviewed 20 June 2018

We visited Alexander Springs, there is a 1.1mile circular boardwalk which is suitable for wheelchair s. It was very warm and the kiddies were having a good lunch on my legs, 20 to be precise. Charge $5.50 per person. Toilets, picnic area but if you...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Leoba32
Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

The Ocalla national forest hosts many wonderful things. From camping, to trails, to fishing, to natural springs. The Ocalla national forest visit was exceptional. I highly recommend the trip for any family who wishes to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank Christopher B
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Nice trip to the forest with the family. Miles and miles of forest to drive through. Tons of lakes and springs to drive or kayak or hike to. Areas around can be a little tough. Great day trip!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank AnneS589
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19 May 2018|
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Response from Trippingalong2014 |
Hi Bob, sorry! I accidentally hit that "no" for helpful answer when I was trying to hit reply. But no, we have not left yet, so we still welcome trail advice.
19 May 2018|
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Response from Bob D | Reviewed this property |
Hey! I think you’ll get a great feel for that area in one long afternoon. There’s a cool spot where the manatee like to feed....google that and you’ll find it. But really, once you hike one spot you’ve basically hiked the... More