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Ocala National Forest

Address: 40929 State Rd 19, Umatilla, FL 32784
Phone Number: 352-669-3153
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Umatilla
Type: Forests, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: National parkland consisting of 383,220 acres of various landscapes, including highlands, coastal...
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Type: Forests, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: National parkland consisting of 383,220 acres of various landscapes, including highlands, coastal lowlands, swamps, springs, lakes and ponds.
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Atlanta, Georgia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful place and such a great experience for a family. We took off down one of the dirt roads with low expectations of seeing more than beautiful scenery.... boy were we surprised to see 2 black bears roaming around in their natural habitat!!! This place is huge and so pretty!

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Miami
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

I went to Clearwater Lake Recreation Center in Ocala National Forest. The customer service was exceptional! Just know that some of the camping sites are very close together, so if you like to sleep early, take some earphones. Not much to do, but it was worth the exit out of the noise from the city.

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Umatilla, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The forest spans so many different scenic trails and there are hard roads into in from Hwy 19 north and SR 40. This is not a flip flop and shorts journey at all. I chose a spring visit to talk about because the animal activity is high, no hunters, better temperatures and new foliage and flowers. I grew up within... More 

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union, Ontario, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Don't bother unless you have $$$ and a 4x4 jeep or something. We were looking forward to some scenic driving as advertised/promoted and seeing some springs/hiking trails. Turns out you need a day pass for EACH little area within the forest ($5/person every time). Each spring/hiking area is separate and require their own $/pass. Total money grab. Most of the... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Camping for the weekend was a lovely experience. On location and within walking distance - there is a beautiful natural spring that was built into a swimming pool. This was constructed by the CCC back in the 30's. Also, they constructed a mill and bridges. There are trails and especially a nice board walk trail. There is a beautiful brook... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

My fiancé and I had planned on going to a natural spring after researching day trips in the Central Florida area and finding the most breathtaking photographs of what they looked like. It looked like Ocala Forest had many to choose from so we decided to visit Silver Glen Springs. We paid a small fee to get in and each... More 

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Tavares, Florida
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266 reviews 266 reviews
162 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Ocala Forest is where I ride my motorcycle. The Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway is perfect for bikes. Great roads, sites, and places to stop to rest & refuel. Very well maintained. Recently took the Fort Gates ferry across the St Johns river. Amazing trip! Ferry has been operating since 1854. This ferry used to take troops across the river... More 

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Lady Lake, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We spent three days at this campground. Although we were not permitted to take our dogs anywhere outside of the camping area it was very nice. The sites themselves are very shady and mostly private. The picnic tables, grill and fire rings that are in each site is a added bonus. The showers and rest rooms were kept very clean!... More 

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Scaggsville, Maryland, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Went to enjoy some hiking and playing in the natural springs there. We were surprised at the separate fees we had to pay at each area we went to. What happened to a park admission? Each spring had a rec area that collected its own fees - $6 per person generally and these were operated by subcontracted companies. No guards... More 

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North Port, Florida, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Located on SR 314 just outside of the greater Ocala area... Very peaceful and serene... Provides for a primative or RV camping experience with necessary facilities... RV and Tent sites have picnic tables on concrete slabs, free standing barbeque grills (charcoal) and metal fire rings/pits at each site... Lots of trees and brush between sites for semi-seclusion... Plenty of tree... More 

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