Looking for a way to get back to nature but not looking forward to the crowds on the beach this summer? Why not get out of the city and explore Ocala National Forest? This forest, which is located north of Orlando (and not a far drive at all), has over 600 lakes, rivers, and springs. You can fish, snorkel, canoe, swim, and more! There are also a ton of off-road trails that you can hike, bike, and ride using ATV’s. There’s even a scenic byway you can drive if you need to kick your feet up for a while and grab some air-conditioning. If your goal is to get outside and soak up some sunshine, Ocala National Forest is the way to do it!
Visit Ocala National Forest to get back to nature!
Here are some of our tip picks of things to do in Ocala National Forest – start planning your vacation now!
The Ocala North OHV Trail System: Want to get off-road? This trail system boasts over 125 miles of trails for you to get lost and get in touch with nature. 35 miles of it are suitable for motorcycles and ATVs, and 76 miles of it are suitable for all vehicles (so break out your Orlando Toyota Tacoma!). Check out Delancy Loops if you want to brush up on your technical skills, and take your ATV out for a spin on the 18-mile Tobacco Patch Trail!
Springs: Want to take a dip in crystal clear waters to cool off after a long day of hiking? You’ll find plenty of options available in Ocala National Forest! Alexander Springs Recreation Area offers you a spring pool to swim in; it’s so clear you can see the bottom, as well as the small fish that frequent it. You can also rent canoes and kayaks there! Salt Springs Recreation Area is a cool place to check out, too – it has a natural spring in the pool that makes the water slightly salty. And you can check out Clearwater Lake if you want a little peace and quiet (and explore the nature trail that surrounds it if you need to stretch your legs!).
Pitch your tent and soak up some sun this summer
Camping: There are a TON of places to camp in Ocala National Forest, whether you want to camp with amenities (i.e. cabin) or just want to pop a tent and look at the stars. For cabin life, check out Lake Dorr Cabin (sleeps 10) or Sweetwater Cabin (sleeps 12). If you want to do a little more roughing it, you can check out options like Bluff Landing, Big Bass Campground, Clay Lake Hunt Camp, Shanty Pond Campground, and Farles Prairie Campground! You can even bring your RV if you want to camp on wheels!
Looking for a vehicle that can take you off road and get you back to nature? Give us a call – we have plenty of Orlando Toyota cars that are up to the challenge! We’r e open seven days a week at (888) 725-3520. Have a great summer and be safe hitting the road!