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Ocala National Forest

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Ocala National Forest is a gem waiting to be explored! You can spend the afternoon, day, and weeks... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2017
Dave L
North Miami Beach, Florida
Peaceful drive away from traffic

We decided to take Hwy 19 thru Ocala Nat'l Forest from Eustis, FL up to Palatka on our way to... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
William K
Salisbury, Maryland, Usa
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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 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

Date of experience: September 2017
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

Date of experience: August 2017
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

Date of experience: July 2017
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.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank ginalaura
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Visited several of the springs and drove they much of the paved roads. Park is beautiful. Some of the recreation areas have better camping than others so do your homework before you go. Would love to have walked some of the trails as there were...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Kam2013
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

We spent the day on the beach by the lake at the Mill Dam Recreation Area. It was not crowded and very clean. There were picnic tables, restrooms and a place to rinse the sand off before you get into the car. It's only $2...More

Date of experience: July 2017
3  Thank donnau882
Reviewed 4 July 2017

The Ocala National Forest is the southern most forest in the United States, it has the largest track of sand pine, it is a large forest with numerous hiking trails, camping, off road trails, scenic drives, wilderness areas and beautiful fresh springs. If you have...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank happytraveler709
Reviewed 25 March 2017

This is a BIG forest! (673 mi.²) with hundreds of miles of interior dirt roads which range from bad to worse to worst. This is a national Forest, not a national park, in the interior you might not see a Ranger or even another car...More

Date of experience: March 2017
8  Thank PAUL H
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Very short drive to beautiful place of nature. Out of the traffic and cities. Explore and enjoy at your leisure.

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank Robinskj
Reviewed 20 March 2017

This forest is a natural beauty. We spent most of our time on ATV's and loved being in the forest. Although the park where we stayed was full of ATV riders, we did not see a lot of them on the trails (we stuck to...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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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