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Ocala National Forest

Ocala National Forest Review

This breathtaking 383,000-acre national forest off Route 40 has lakes, springs, rivers, hiking trails, campgrounds, and historic sites. It also has the largest off-highway vehicle trail system in the Southeast and three major recreational areas: Alexander Springs, Salt Springs, and Juniper Springs. To get here, take Interstate 4 east to Exit 92, and head west on Route 436 to U.S. 441, which you take north to Route 19 north.

Alexander Springs. In this recreation area you'll find a stream and a campground. Off Rte. 40 via Rte. 445 S, 32134. $5.50.

Salt Springs. The draw here is a natural saltwater spring where Atlantic blue crabs come to spawn each summer. Visitor center, 14100 Rte. 19, 32134. $5.50.

Juniper Springs. Here you'll find a stone waterwheel house, a campground, a natural-spring swimming pool, and hiking trails. The 7-mile Juniper Springs run is a narrow, twisting, and winding canoe ride, which, although exhilarating, isn't for the novice. 14100 Rte. 40 N, 32134. $5.

Updated: 05-02-2013

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