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Ocala National Forest

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Address: 40929 State Road 19, Umatilla, FL 32784-9326
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+1 352-669-3153

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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This is a BIG forest! (673 mi.²) with hundreds of miles of interior dirt roads which range from bad to worse to worst. This is a national Forest, not a national park, in the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a BIG forest! (673 mi.²) with hundreds of miles of interior dirt roads which range from bad to worse to worst. This is a national Forest, not a national park, in the interior you might not see a Ranger or even another car for many hours at a time. Lots of loose deep sand, easy to get stuck,... More 

Thank PAUL H
Caro, Michigan
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52 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very short drive to beautiful place of nature. Out of the traffic and cities. Explore and enjoy at your leisure.

Thank Robinskj
Tallahassee, Florida
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

This forest is a natural beauty. We spent most of our time on ATV's and loved being in the forest. Although the park where we stayed was full of ATV riders, we did not see a lot of them on the trails (we stuck to the longer trails (2+ hours). There is no AT&T signal (YAY for being unplugged) and... More 

Thank Annie2016-21
North Fort Myers, Florida
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

I visit this place every year, ever since I've been born! Our cell phones don't work half the time and it's wonderful to be in the peace and quiet. This area is always clean and it's awesome to see wildlife. Fox squirrels, bears, deer, birds, turkey etc.

Thank LocalLife23
lagrange oh
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Had a wonderful time camping at Lake Dorr, Ocala Nat'l Forest with the senior pass just $6 a night. Nice hot showers & bathrooms , no electric at campsite but each spot has picnic table, fire ring & BBQ grill with water spigot close by, Sites are semi private. Beautiful lake. They don't take reservations at this place so it's... More 

Thank jeanie1962
Portsmouth, OH
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28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Beautiful trail here! There is a short loop of 9 miles and a full loop of 22 miles. The scenery is diverse from live oaks and palms to tall pines and cactus. Highly recommended if you love mountain biking! Trail is relatively flat, but sandy spots can be challenging.

Thank KDSPortsmouth_OH
Cleveland, Ohio
1 review
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Over the years our family has been camping all over the USA. This place has been one of our favorites so far. The sites were clean and well cared for. The service was amazing! Jean and Toby, the caretakers of the campground were very friendly as well. Plus I forgot to mention the beautiful sights the park itself has to... More 

Thank joeandlola3
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

All water locations are dried up....trails are unmarked...no signs for way out....downed trees all over...ignored.....people have used it for disguarding things such as toilets, sofas, televisions etc....its become a garbage dump. Who ever by the Federal Gov..to manage this place must be sitting home doing nothing. Bass Lake...is dry...

7 Thank palmharbor
Bradenton, Florida
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

We spent 4 days at Fore Lake Campground and loved every minute of it. We got in early to ensure we got a site (First come first serve) and did we ever. We did the primitive site which had a water hookup by the road which was convenient. The camp hosts were very friendly and were able to answer any... More 

2 Thank Irish5150
Gainesville, Florida
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48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

recently my son and I went wilderness camping in this forest. we had a tough time navigating since it was pitch dark out when we arrived. we finally found the appropriate forest roads and after searching for an hour we found a suitable place to camp. the next day we scouted the area in the morning via the forest roads... More 

Thank catherine R

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