Ocala National Forest


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Ocala National Forest

Address:17147 E Hwy 40
Silver Springs, FL 34488

Phone:352-625-2520
Web: www.fs.fed.us/r8/florida
Size: 389,000 acres.
Location:Central Florida. Accessible by US 17 and 301; FL 19, 40, 42, and 314. Nearby cities/towns include DeLand, Eustis, Ocala, and Palatka.
Facilities:2 cabins, 14 campgrounds, 3 group camps, dispersed camping, picnic sites, trails, canoe rentals, boat ramps, fishing piers, rifle range, visitor centers.
Activities:Camping, hunting, fishing, boating, sailing, canoeing, water-skiing, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, OHV riding.
Special Features:Nation's southernmost forest and oldest national forest east of the Mississippi. Points of interest include Big Scrub, largest stand of sand pine trees in the world; Juniper Springs, a semi-tropical environment unique in the national forest system; Alexander Springs Creek Wilderness, a hardwood swamp and sand scrub pine ecosystem that provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife; a 67-mile segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail (see entry in national trails section).

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In and around the Ocala National Forest, I am still referred to as, "The Man Who Caught the Big Catfish."
This study was conducted in Ocala National Forest which is located in Lake, Marion and Putman counties in central Florida.
Everywhere you go now, you will find the "real Florida" preserved mostly in state and national parks; there are springs in the Ocala National Forest, for instance, and more northwest of Gainesville.
The west side is near the Ocala National Forest and a live bombing range (R-2910), so you won't want to be there.
When this transplanted Ohioan first relocated to Florida, a good friend introduced me to the marvelous Alexander Springs Recreation Area in the Ocala National Forest.
But today, Florida's few surviving black bears are mostly found in the Big Cypress Swamp and the Ocala National Forest.
If you're more of a landlubber, you can help maintain trails in Ocala National Forest, home of the world's largest continuous sand pine scrub forest, while enjoying hikes along the Florida National Scenic Trail (February 23-March 1), or ramble around some of the tallest and oldest trees in the eastern United States in North Carolina's Nantahala National Forest, while building and restoring scenic trails on another Club service trip (March 30-April 5).
LANG ELLIOTT has been driving for several hours to escape Florida's humid heat, but something tells him to turn and head back to Alexander Springs Creek in Ocala National Forest. Elliott, who records nature sounds for a living, was there earlier in the day taping the cacophony of the swamp, listening unsuccessfully for the mating bellow of an alligator.
US -- For the past 50 years, the US Navy has been dropping bombs into the 150,000 hectare Ocala National Forest in Florida.
The Florida birds are huntable in the Ocala National Forest, but Langston says chances for success are probably better on five state wildlife management areas (Bull Creek, Green Swamp, Three Lakes, Camp Blanding and Relay), where a quota system is in effect.