Ocala National Forest, Umatilla

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The Ocala National Forest ls the second largest nationally protected forest in the U.S. State of Florida. It covers 607sqmi of Central Florida. It is located three miles (5 km) east of Ocala and 16mi southeast of Gainesville. The Ocala National Forest, established in 1908, is the oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River and the southernmost national forest in the continental U.S. The word Ocala is thought to be a derivative of a Timucuan Indian term meaning "fair land" or "big hammock". The forest is headquartered in Tallahassee, as are all three National Forests in Florida, but there are local ranger district offices located in Silver Springs and Umatilla.Geography and ecologyThe Ocala National Forest lies between the Ocklawaha and St. Johns Rivers in Central Florida. In descending order of land area it is located in parts of Marion, Lake, Putnam, and Seminole counties.
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  • 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 si...  more »
  • 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. E...  more »
  • 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. ...  more »
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  • such a beautiful area to visit. I just enjoy the serene scenery. The driving experience on the back roads is quite the joy and a lot of fun.
  • Enjoyed hunting here
  • Beautiful and quiet. Perfect for primitive camping
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