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Ocala National Forest

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Address: 40929 State Road 19, Umatilla, FL 32784-9326
Phone Number: 352-669-3153
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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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Wonderful place

Many forest roads to travel, wildlife to see, nature to enjoy. Be respectful of animals, people & the forest, please don't litter or damage our wonderful forest.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Melanie R
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Leesburg, Florida
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Leesburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Many forest roads to travel, wildlife to see, nature to enjoy. Be respectful of animals, people & the forest, please don't litter or damage our wonderful forest.

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Umatilla, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We live on the edge of this great forest. So close to 3 major springs with recreation areas. Canoeing, kayaking, camping galor. Many nature trails in forest to walk. Also bike and atv trails with parking free. Beautiful place.

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St. Petersburg, Fl
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Not much left to see. They are tearing the forest up and throwing up timber farms. No animals left. I would recommend visiting a county park or looking into the state parks if you want to see a true Florida Forest.

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Mount Dora, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

We live north of Orlando and our daughter lives just south of Jacksonville. Most time when we drive up there we choose to drive through the Ocala Forest rather than up I 95, It only take about 20 minutes longer and the drive through the forest if at a slower pace. Much better scenery, and several spots to stop for... More 

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Santa Clarita, California, United States
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171 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

My wife found this on a AAA trip book. What a pleasant surprise. A hiking trail behind the rest stop. We were the only ones on the trail and it was beautiful. The trail leads you to a board walk that then takes you into the swamp. We loved it. John & LynNita Ellis

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful setting at Juniper Springs. Swimming in crystal clear water made it perfect for a hot sunny day. Hiked around and saw Barred Owl, Yellow Rat Snake, and plenty of turtles. The canoe launch was closed due to fast currents/high water level. Went to kayak at Silver Springs and what a beautiful place to do so! We saw plenty of... More 

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Umatilla, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Many natural clean springs 72 degrees year around, some at very nice campgrounds. I have my two favorites: Alexander Springs: Campground for RV's, everything you need: Concession, water boards, canoes and it's well maintained by a knowedgeable staff. Ask for Big John, he knows everything about these woods, the plants, the animals and local knowledge. Alcohol in the campground only.... More 

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Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

Took our OHV to the trails loops there. Great for camping, could not find much online about this campsite. Was difficult to find but once we did glad we were there. Trail system is shared with dirtbikes, atv's and OHV's. Some trails are clearly marked others not so much. Easy to find your way off the trail. We had a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

So we didn't make it it juniper springs, but didn't see much hereabout this so wants to post. We only had one day so we went to Alexander, which like everyone said is beautiful. But then we spent most most of our time at Silver Glenn Spring and that place was so much better! Fewer people, crystal clear blue water.... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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79 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Their are a lot of places to drive your 4-wheel drive vehicles around, ride a bike, or take a nature walk. I would really suggest that people that like nature check this place out.

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