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OCALA FLORIDA HIKING TRAILS

October 16th, 2017 12:11 PM by ERA Big Sun Realty

Enjoy our Hiking Trails
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Conquer miles of hiking trails, discovering local wildlife along the way, and explore the scenic surroundings of Ocala/Marion County on foot. Enjoy top-notch camping facilities, the beauty of the Florida Trail and the magic of the Ocala National Forest.

Fore lake Recreation Area-

29 Southeast 81st Place Ocala Florida 34480

Fore Lake Recreation Area is open year round and offers a peaceful and scenic recreation experience. Activities include swimming and sunbathing. Boating in small, non-gasoline powered craft allowed. A fishing pier is located on the southeast corner of the lake. Day use and camping is available for a fee. There are 31 campsites with bathroom facilities. Pets are allowed only at campsites and must be controlled by a leash no longer than 6 ft. Campfires allowed only in fire rings at the campsite.

Marshall Swamp Trailhead-
8282 SE Hwy. 314 Ocala, FL

Experience a truly unique trail through miles of jungle-like surroundings and unbelievable sights at Marshall Swamp Trailhead. Both beginner and advanced hikers will enjoy the shade of the lush treetops overhead while taking in Ocala/Marion County’s unique beauty. Featuring a gravel underlay to make it easier to navigate the thick woods, as well as picturesque wooden bridges and picnic tables, hikers, bikers and all in between can really get back to nature on this trail.

Priott Trailhead-
15430 Southwest County Highway 484 Dunnellon Fl 34432 

Discover 51 miles of adventure on an unforgettable hike and spend a night camping under the Florida stars at Pruitt Trailhead. With its canopied hiking trails and scenic views, this is a can’t-miss destination for Central Florida visitors. Novice and experienced hikers alike can take in Florida’s unique wildlife while off-road bikers can make use of the rugged terrain to go on the ride of their life. It also provides access to some of the best horseback riding trails in the area, making it a prime destination for serious riders.


Silver Springs State Park-
1425 NE 58th Ave Ocala, FL 34470

Discover the charm of a historic Florida attraction and the crystal clear beauty of one of the last uninhabited spring runs in the state at Silver Springs State Park. As the largest, first magnitude artesian springs ever discovered, visitors have long been captivated by the springs’ natural beauty and vibrant clarity. There are many activities to choose from at Silver Springs from Glass Bottom Boat tours, wildlife viewing and kayak and canoe trips to camping, nature trails and the Silver River Museum. Please visit the park’s website for a complete listing of activities and events. Call the ranger station at 352-236-7148 for assistance or Silver Springs State Park at 352-261-5840 when planning your visit to the park.



475A (Land Bridge) Trailhead-
11100 Southwest 16th Avenue Road Ocala, FL 34473

The Land Bridge Trailhead provides paved parking, restroom facilities, picnic area, and potable water. A dedicated equestrian parking area and horse wash-down area are also available. Please note that trails indicated on the map are the primary hiking, equestrian, and biking connector trails to reach the Land Bridge from the trailhead. The arrow symbol indicates where connecting and loop trails continue elsewhere. The Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) is presently in the process of reviewing trails in this area and is working with user groups to determine the best possible future trail alignments.
West of the Land Bridge, hiking, equestrian and biking trails continue to the 49th Avenue Trailhead. See the corresponding map for exact trail locations. The hiking trail delineated on the map is part of the Florida Trail, and the orange blazed portion is officially designated as Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST). Blue blazes mark the hiking loop trail that heads south just east of the land bridge and eventually returns north to the trailhead. There is a resting bench midway along this 1.75 mile loop. The hiking trail on this map is just one segment of the Florida Trail. The Florida Trail Association produces a detailed hiking guide and segment-by-segment maps that are very useful for hiking any segment of the Florida Trail. . The biking trail is single track in most areas, but in some locations, utilizes the double-track wagon trail.The equestrian trail continues east across CR 475A to the Horse Park area which offers additional equestrian trails.


Rainbow Springs State Park-
19158 SW 81st Place Road Dunnellon, FL 34432

At the main “headsprings” entrance of Rainbow Springs State Park, visitors may swim in the freshwater springs, rent canoes and kayaks, stroll through waterfalls and gardens, and enjoy a picnic area with tables, grills, and pavilions. Tubes are not allowed in the headsprings area of the park. These beautiful crystal-clear headsprings of the Rainbow River are a site of unique history and natural beauty. The tent and RV-friendly campground is located at a separate facility. All sites have water, electric and sewer. Pets are welcome and visitors may access the river to fish, swim or paddle. A few miles away at the tubing entrance, visitors may rent tubes and use a shuttle service to float down the Rainbow River back to their vehicles. Tubing is available during the summer season. For pricing and information, visit Nature Quest. Archaeological evidence indicates that people have been using this spring for nearly 10,000 years. Rainbow Springs is Florida’s fourth largest spring and, from the 1930s through the 1970s, was the site of a popular, privately-owned amusement park.


Brick City Adventure Park-
1211 Southeast 22nd Road Ocala, FL 34471

Brick City Adventure Park offers traditional park facilities including a popular playground, lit football field w/track, lit multi-purpose field, picnic pavilions, and offers one-of-a-kind experiences, like caving in White Cliff Cave and our low ropes course, ideal for team building exercises. These unique programs are offered exclusively through Marion County Parks and Recreation. Brick City Adventure Park is also the meeting point for many of our recreation programs including Home-School Art/PE, Firewise Nature Camp, Hiking Programs, Kayak Programs and more.


Lake Delancy Campground-
29 Southeast 81st Place Ocala, FL 34480

Shaded by stately oaks and tall pines, Lake Delancey has retained its natural beauty. This rustic area is a favorite local getaway. Visitors will enjoy camping and hiking. Lake Delancy is a fee area divided into Delancy East and Delancy West. Services: Delancy East offers 29 campsites, picnic tables & grill; No ATVS or horses permitted. Delancy West: ATVs, motorcycles and horses are permitted. Picnic tables and fire rings, restrooms and water are also available

Marion County Parks & Recreation-
111 SE 25 Avenue Ocala, FL 34471

Marion County Parks and Recreation are safe, clean and fun!  From athletic fields, to water activities, to playgrounds and trails, our parks and recreation programs offer you a chance to “Escape, Experience and Explore” our abundant natural resources.


Baseline Road Trailhead-
4255 SE 58th Avenue Ocala, FL 34480

The Baseline Road Trailhead is a paved five mile trail featuring amenities such as parking, picnic pavilions with tables and grills, restrooms, and a “boundless” playground. Enjoy a beautifully scenic jog, hike, or bike ride along the many twists and turns of this fun trail.
The trail is also a popular destination for 5-K’s and other special events. Please call the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department at 352-671-8560 to determine availability and whether or not a special event permit is required.


Goethe Trailhead Campground-
9171 Southeast County Road 337 Dunnellon, FL 34431

A beautiful RV campground and equine facility created for people who love the outdoors and appreciate a secluded, quiet setting for their vacation get away with 120 miles of trails to hike, bike, or ride your horse located in Dunnellon, Fl. Huge RV sites with full hook-ups. We have 30 and 50 amp service. Half our sites could be used for Park Model Trailer set ups. Bring on the Big Rigs cause we’ve got the room. The roads in the Park are concrete. Trailhead Townhall is a great place for dances or BBQs, clinics,etc. Goethe State Forest is 53,000 acres with 120 miles of trails to hike, bike, or ride your horse..the Park has direct access to the middle of this wonderful natural beauty. The horse accommodations are 1st class with 96 large 12’x12' box stalls, round pen, and large lighted arena for your pleasure or club event. Check Us Out.

Marshall Swamp Trailhead-
Posted by ERA Big Sun Realty on October 16th, 2017 12:11 PM

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