We went for birding and even during off season had a great time. We stayed in Silver Springs which was a fairly convenient location. You drive for hours on dirt roads and bird and look for wildlife. We saw bears on two different occasions which was great. We got the Florida Scrub Jay there which was a lifer for us. We did not get the red cockaded woodpecker, though, which was too bad. Lots of different habitat. Trails is recreation areas are nice. The recreation areas are also really nice. We hiked through one with a spring and it was a very nice facility. We went to the ranger station to get park maps and the bird list for the park. The staff there was nice but I was surprised a national forest didn't have an up to date bird list and a place for birders to list what they are currently seeing. We also had to pay for a map. Speaking of maps, watch out for navigating the roads through the forest. They go by different names and numbers than on the map and it can be very confusing trying to figure out where you are or how to get somewhere. We got lost one night on one of the dirt roads that are okay for cars and were really getting concerned when a nice guy in a truck came down the road and asked if we needed help. We were able to find out from him what road we were on and where it went which was extremely helpful. (We did see a great horned owl, though, that night.) I would definitely go back and plan to during migration.
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