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Ocala National Forest, Umatilla
(4.3/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
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TripAdvisor
  • Overall this was a lovely place but not like other national forests in western USA. A road with buildings went right through the forest making us feel like we were just driving any old road. There is ...  more »
  • I have been visiting the Ocala National forest since I could walk. I am 45 now and i take my boys there to hike and hunt and fish. 
  • Centennial trailhead is right off of 40 8 miles before the Big Scrub Campground. Great for a day trip. We were able to park close to the trails, and the HWY. plenty of parking and has restrooms at the...  more »
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  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • ***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!!!!
  • There is a great area called Salt Springs off highway 19. The town has several springs and 2 really nice camp grounds. Stop at Buck N Bass and day hi when you are there. Roger