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Address: 40929 State Rd 19, Umatilla, FL 32784
Phone Number: 352-669-3153
Description: National parkland consisting of 383,220 acres of various landscapes...
National parkland consisting of 383,220 acres of various landscapes, including highlands, coastal lowlands, swamps, springs, lakes and ponds.
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Awesome, simply awesome

This place was so good we can hardly wait to go back. Six different hikes and six varieties of terrain. Kayaking is great here especially on the Oklawaha river. There is so much... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This place was so good we can hardly wait to go back. Six different hikes and six varieties of terrain. Kayaking is great here especially on the Oklawaha river. There is so much to do outdoors here it is wonderful and lots of fun. Every trail was well marked with blazes - especially the Florida National Scenic trail. Ocala, Silver... More 

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New York City, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We camped for two nights at ALEXANDER SPRINGS AREA,which is beautiful: even if we did not see any bear, kids enjoyed walking in the forest and looking for footprints and signs of the black bears ( we did see many different birds instead). People at the campsite were very nice and helpful, canoes are for renting and it's really worth.... More 

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Denmark, South Carolina
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65 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I enjoy three nights hammock camping with members of the Palmetto State Hangers at the 5th Annual Florida Hang this past week. I am here Thursday, January 15 and check out Sunday January 18, 2015 before noon. The event is held this year at Doe Lake Group Campsite in Ocala National Forest. This is an excellent venue for this event.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

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
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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389 reviews 389 reviews
229 attraction reviews
240 helpful votes 240 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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