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“Sinkholes, springs and wildlife”

Ocala National Forest
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Umatilla
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: National parkland consisting of 383,220 acres of various landscapes, including highlands, coastal lowlands, swamps, springs, lakes and ponds.
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.

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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 a lot of trail heads. Keep an eye out for wildlife . We saw a bear crossing the road!! It was awesome. Watch for deer too. Sadly we saw a dead one on the side of the road.

1  Thank Kam2013
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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 a person to get in and you pay after you park as you walk down the path to the park area. It's on the honor system. The kids enjoyed playing on the beach and we all loved swimming in the lake. The water was perfect and there were fish swimming all around us. So glad we discovered this place!

2  Thank Donna U
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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 one day go directly to Juniper springs and enjoy the crystal clear, cool, refreshing dip underneath canopies of oak trees. Take in a canoe trip, picnic, or walk the trails after the swim. Lots to do and explore. Great place to see wildlife and birdwatching. Note of caution, this is a large forest, many roads are sand roads, I recommend doing your research before arriving especially if camping. The forest is also home to a live bombing range, Farles Prairie Recreational area may be the site closest to the range. You may be able to see jets streaking across the sky.

1  Thank happytraveler709
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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 for many hours at a time. Lots of loose deep sand, easy to get stuck, even on some sections of "major" numbered roads, such as route 09. When it rains, lots of mud which might prevent you from getting traction even in a four-wheel drive vehicle. Internal road numbering system is not consistent with what you might find on your cell phone map.Cell phone signal not available everywhere. There are lots of lovely things to see in the surrounding area (the periphery of the national Forest) available from hard paved highway. Passenger cars should stay on those highways. Even with four-wheel-drive vehicles I would advise you to go with two vehicles for safety sake and be ready for serious self-rescue. Some spooky stuff on the interior. If you search the term kidnappingmurderandmayhem then go to the section called DARK FOREST you will get some useful information, indeed.

5  Thank PAUL H
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