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Ocala National Forest, Umatilla

Categories: Forests, National Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
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  • Got a new puppy, Buc, who LOVES to go hiking. Ocala Forest is perfect for hiking, especially in the fall. So many trails to choose from, tons of wildlife, and NO people. Buc and I hiked for hours in t...  read more »
  • I hear there's some springs tucked away in there somewhere....but we drove around for about an hour, and saw nothing the least bit appealing. In all fairness, maybe the trails and or the springs have ...  read more »
  • We came with my husband to visit Ocala last weekend ,wasn't great, first you have to pay in each recreation aria 5.50, that I think it's not right, also no dogs allowed , we took special our dog , bec...  read more »
  • Wonderful place to drive through and take in the outdoors. You have Alexander Springs on the lower east side and beautiful Silver River and Silver Springs. This is a great place to kayak, monkey and bird watch. Yes, I said monkeys; they are an invasive that was let go here a long time ago, and have managed to thrive. The forest is also a great place to spot sceloporus and other reptiles.
  • I love coming here with my husband to go camping and to just take a drive. There are a lot of trails, and fishing spots to explore. I always take my camera, to do some photography. The wildlife out here is vast and the hunting is also pretty good.
  • I choose this place consistently for camping. It has many areas with cheap primitive camping. Some days they'll have free or reduced rates depending on state funding. I mostly stay at Juniper springs.
  • ***A WORD FROM THE WISE*** Wandering Wiregrass has become a place for the advanced rider. This trail system at the Southeast corner of the ONF is void of even the slightest hint of trail maintenance by the Forestry Service, EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO ASSIST AND BEEN IGNORED!!! The entire 17 mile trail is virtually nothing but deep whoops. Couple this fact with the entire 17 mile system is deep sugar-sand, let's just say it makes for a pretty dismal day if you're looking for simply a good trail ride. ***ANOTHER WORD FROM THE WISE*** I'm a Pro GNCC rider and have a properly tagged bike and have hit some of the other trails that are forbidden to anything BUT tagged vehicles. You riders who willy-nilly through these trails are doing so at your own risk and I couldn't frankly care less if you're caught and fined. BUT, if my group of rides catch you on the BICYCLE TRAILS and found giving the bicyclists a rash of flaming crappola, like we did two weeks ago, you're going to have A LOT MORE THAN YOU BARGAINED FOR and will LOSE THE ARGUMENT! STAY OFF THE CLEARLY DESIGNATED BICYCLE TRAILS!!!!
  • Great camping. Very quiet. You feel like you're the only person there
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