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Ocala National Forest

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40929 State Road 19, Umatilla, FL 32784-9326
+1 352-669-3153
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Disregarded by Federal Authorities

All water locations are dried up....trails are unmarked...no signs for way out....downed trees all... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2016
palmharbor
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GREAT SPOT TO CAMP

We spent 4 days at Fore Lake Campground and loved every minute of it. We got in early to ensure we... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2016
Irish5150
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Bradenton, Florida
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National parkland consisting of 383,220 acres of various landscapes, including highlands, coastal lowlands, swamps, springs, lakes and ponds.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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40929 State Road 19, Umatilla, FL 32784-9326
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Reviewed 5 December 2016

All water locations are dried up....trails are unmarked...no signs for way out....downed trees all over...ignored.....people have used it for disguarding things such as toilets, sofas, televisions etc....its become a garbage dump. Who ever by the Federal Gov..to manage this place must be sitting home doing...More

10  Thank palmharbor
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

We spent 4 days at Fore Lake Campground and loved every minute of it. We got in early to ensure we got a site (First come first serve) and did we ever. We did the primitive site which had a water hookup by the road...More

2  Thank Irish5150
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

recently my son and I went wilderness camping in this forest. we had a tough time navigating since it was pitch dark out when we arrived. we finally found the appropriate forest roads and after searching for an hour we found a suitable place to...More

Thank catherine R
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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

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 a maze of sand roads, we managed to...More

Thank lacm2016
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

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.

2  Thank Rob W
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

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 trailhead. They provide maps and it...More

Thank ericka f
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

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 the Big Bass Lake area. In...More

2  Thank FlaHarlock
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

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 something nice to offer.

Thank RayV1_13
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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

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 , because he loves nature,no alcohol, no...More

2  Thank oxana1313
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

We went by spring, the weather was crazy! 85 degrees during the day and 45 at night! We camp 2 nights and enjoyed so much, we went out birdwatching and saw cardinals. We recommend make sure how is going to be the weather and take...More

1  Thank verona g
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mcc0471
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Response from Tom T | Reviewed this property |
I would take 19 from your location. You can check out Alexander Springs off 445, it runs into 19 or 40. I would stay on 19 and visit Salt Springs, I liked it much better than Alexander Springs. I don't know if you want to... More
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JoanMN1948
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Why, yes, yes I did! Can’t seem to efit my original review.
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Gregory M
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Response from Dave L | Reviewed this property |
Once you get more into the interior of the park your chances go up. But I spoke to residents who live on the outskirts of the park and they commented that they see bears pretty often. We even stopped at at drug store after... More
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