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Ocala National Forest

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Amazing environment!

This forest offers so many varieties of ecosystems and it’s a great way to get away from the... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2018
Bob D
Frisco, Texas
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Ocala Forest

We live on the border of the Forest and have to drive through to get places on the east coast of... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2018
Lady Lake, 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 11 February 2018 via mobile

This forest offers so many varieties of ecosystems and it’s a great way to get away from the madness of Orlando. It’s not too far of a drive and I loved it. You’ll see gators, manatee, a possible bear and very few humans!!! :) I...More

1  Thank Bob D
Reviewed 5 February 2018

We live on the border of the Forest and have to drive through to get places on the east coast of Florida. Most of the time it is a quiet drive. There are two visitor stations on the north and south sides as you enter...More

2  Thank ginniedroz
Reviewed 31 December 2017

We went down the 7 mile run in kayaks. The water level must have been just right, and logs and such recently cleared, because we had very few obstacles. The rapids are very short, stay to the right. Ended hard enough to splash water into...More

5  Thank kathyF2223MY
Reviewed 17 December 2017

I went to Silver Springs State Park which is very nice for a 4 night stay. During the day I went through Ocala National Forest. It is in the middle of nowhere, nothing but trees on both sides of you. The have some campgrounds which...More

5  Thank Tom T
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Ocala National Forest is huge, really huge. There are different things you can do in this forest. Trails, hunting, camping, canoeing.

Thank rmathijssen
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We are snowbirds, we live in the Ocala National Forest in Salt Springs just under six months a year. The actual springs in the recreation area are lovely. The forest has bears, deer, osprey, sometomes feral hogs, and tons of birds. Lots of natural beauty...More

2  Thank JoanMN1948
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Ocala National Forest is a gem waiting to be explored! You can spend the afternoon, day, and weeks in this gorgeous, and huge, state park. It has it all in terms of real natural beauty, from hiking to canoeing, to bird watching, to biking, and...More

4  Thank Dave L
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We decided to take Hwy 19 thru Ocala Nat'l Forest from Eustis, FL up to Palatka on our way to Jacksonville headed back to Maryland. This road is scenic, takes you through the middle of the woods with hardly any traffic and is a refreshing...More

2  Thank William K
Reviewed 5 August 2017

We went for birding and even during off season had a great time. We stayed in Silver Springs which was a fairly convenient location. You drive for hours on dirt roads and bird and look for wildlife. We saw bears on two different occasions which...More

Thank L M
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

There is so much to do and see here. Choose trails that suit your ability and then find a Spring to jump in and cool off. We chose lake Eaton sinkhole and silver Glen Springs. Saw otters, woodpeckers, humming birds and snakes.

Thank ginalaura
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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
22 April 2018|
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Response from Rita S | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, no. Have to walk into woods for trails. Other than cattle, Not much to see from roads.