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Ocala National Forest

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Magical Lagoon, Juniper Springs

Eco Tourism at its finest. Great place to swim and hike. There's also a place for primitive... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2018
West Palm Beach, Florida
Awesome Park

Lots of waking trails. Dense forest. Camping, hiking, kayaking. Something for everyone. Well... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2018
Melbourne, 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 13 May 2018

If you are looking for a few side trails to enjoy your rig and fid a nice quiet spot to camp away from everyone and everything I'm afraid you're to late. Check google maps and you tube for all those spots that have amazing views...More

Date of experience: May 2018
4  Thank hilevel81
Reviewed 12 April 2018

Eco Tourism at its finest. Great place to swim and hike. There's also a place for primitive camping near Juniper Springs. The waters were clear and many shades of blue. There's a scenic boardwalk, bridge and historical millhouse.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Lots of waking trails. Dense forest. Camping, hiking, kayaking. Something for everyone. Well maintained. Wonderful aroma of pine.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank ritas586
Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

We decided to visit on a whim from Orlando. I wish we had had more time and had done more research before we came. We were only able to be here for a couple hours, but it’s beautiful. I’d like to come back prepared to...More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank abpowers1
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

Date of experience: January 2018
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

Date of experience: November 2017
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

Date of experience: December 2017
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

Date of experience: December 2017
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.

Date of experience: November 2016
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

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank JoanMN1948
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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