Ocala National Forest Guide

The Ocala National Forest in Central Florida encompasses about 387,000 acres of highlands, coastal lowlands, wetlands, and swamps. The forest has four protected wilderness areas you can explore: Alexander Springs Wilderness, Billies Bay Wilderness, Juniper Prairie Wilderness, and Little Lake George Wilderness. With more than 600 lakes, ponds, streams, springs, and two rivers, there are many opportunities to enjoy canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, swimming, and fishing. Other favorite activities include snorkeling, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. The forest is also abundant with wildlife, including Florida black bears, alligators, foxes, bobcats, otters, and the gopher tortoise.

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How to get to Ocala National Forest

Address: 40929 State Road 19, Umatilla, FL 32784

Fee: Entry fee (per vehicle) $5.0

Whether you are looking for an adventure or a way to relax away from the city, the Ocala National Forest offers thrilling springs, beaches, lakes, rivers, and much more. With an RV, you have the freedom to explore all 600 miles of forest.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Ocala National Forest

Is there a fee to get into Ocala National Forest?

No, there is no fee to get into Ocala National Forest. There may, however, be fees for various recreational activities within the forest, or to use campgrounds, day-use sites, or other spots.

Does Ocala National Forest offer free camping sites?

Yes, Ocala National Forest offers free camping sites. Dispersed camping is allowed in the forest if you are not in the vicinity of developed recreation areas or less than 100 feet from a water source.

Is Ocala National Forest open all year round?

Yes, the Ocala National Forest is open year-round. Due to Florida's mild weather, visitors can hike, swim, and enjoy the forest just about any time of year.

Can you kayak, canoe, or raft in Ocala National Forest?

Yes, you can kayak, canoe, and raft in Ocala National Forest. There are more than 600 lakes, rivers, and springs in the forest so there are plenty of options for water activities.

What type of wildlife lives in Ocala National Forest?

Wildlife living in Ocala National Forest includes alligators, coyotes, white-tailed deer, wild boar, gopher tortoises, river otters, bobcats, and other small animals. The forest is also home to lots of different birds, fish, and reptiles.