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Ocala National Forest

40929 State Rd 19, Umatilla, FL 32784
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Umatilla
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Forests, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: National parkland consisting of 383,220 acres of various landscapes, including highlands, coastal lowlands, swamps, springs, lakes and ponds.
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Fort Pierce, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This was our second trip to Ocala National Park. For this trip we stuck with the southern end. We pitched our tent at Clearwater Lake Recreation Area. There are no electric hookups but that was fine with us. Our site, like all the others consisted of a nice level spot, a lantern pole, a nice metal picnic table, a barbecue... More

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Pompano Beach, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Sept 12, 2013 Tent camped for 3 nights at the Primitive Fern Loop site. We set up camp and then went for a swim in the beautiful and 72 degree spring water to cool off. Upon our return to our site, the work camper couple came by in a golf cart and informed us that we had to relocate our... More

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Sioux City, Iowa
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

Great Park. Very Clean, Terrific Staff And Awesome Springs. it was an inconvenience that you had to pay for each spring individually (Silver Springs And Juniper Springs).

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Altoona, Florida
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We bought a half acre with National Forest all around us. Love living out here. We see deer, bear, raccons, rabbits, turtles, and once an alligator moving from one lake to another. Lake Dorr is walking diistance behind my home. No matter what time a year there is always some wild flower blooming. Great place to live. birds singing in... More

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The Ocala National forest is the 2nd named National Forest in our Country and 1st east of the Mississippi, The forest has many small parks to visit and hundreds of miles of dirt roads to explore.

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Mahomet, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Ocala National Forest is a Great place to visit if you can dry camp. The scenery is top notch on its many trails and canoe float. From its camp grounds you can visit the coast or Disney world. We use it for a quick winter break from the snow and ice of central Illinois.

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Micanopy, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We have ridden in different areas of the Forest for years. Friends ride bikes or hike it also. Lots of large oaks and sand-bottom lakes in certain areas.

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Orlando, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We spent MLK Day 2013 at Ocala National Forest. We started our day at Silver Glen Springs. It was very quiet and there were fish jumping pretty far out of the water every few minutes. We hiked on Sand Boil Trail and were fascinated by the boils. We hiked on Lake George Trail as well which was very scenic when... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We stayed in the national forest for four nights camping at Fore Lake campsite. It was part of a Florida where we moved around quite a bit an if we ever return to Florida we will definitely spend more time in Ocala National Forest. The campsite was quite, really good sized pitches, and a spotless shower and toilet facility. The... More

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Marengo, Ohio, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

In north central Florida is a large chunk of trees and decent roads for the motorcyclist. There are enough curves and variation in elevation to make the ride exciting. There is a variation of wildlife to be on the watch out for so stay alert.

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