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The Ocala National Forest is the southernmost forest in the continental United States and protects the world's largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest. The Forest has more than 600 lakes, rivers, and springs, including three first-magnitude springs where visitors can swim, snorkel, and dive in their crystalline waters year-round. Among them you can find Juniper Springs Recreation Area, one of the oldest and best known recreation areas on the East Coast. Together with the springs, lakes and ponds, islands of longleaf pine, an...
The Ocala National Forest is the southernmost forest in the continental United States and protects the world's largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest. The Forest has more than 600 lakes, rivers, and springs, including three first-magnitude springs where visitors can swim, snorkel, and dive in their crystalline waters year-round. Among them you can find Juniper Springs Recreation Area, one of the oldest and best known recreation areas on the East Coast. Together with the springs, lakes and ponds, islands of longleaf pine, and sinuous waterways breathe life into an otherwise arid environment. Botanical wonders as well as archaeological and historic sites are waiting around the next bend. Be sure to check the Forest's 'Special Places' section to view more.
The Ocala National Forest is divided into two ranger districts.
(1) Lake George Ranger District.
(2) Seminole Ranger District
The Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway showcases the heart of the Big Scrub.
More information about the Pittman Visitor Center.
Use the Interactieve map by Foridahikes to get additional trail information.
Use the Interactive Recreation Map by the National Forest Service to get detailed information on the available activities.
The Ocala National Forest is the southernmost forest in the continental United States and protects the world's largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest. The Forest has more than 600 lakes, rivers, and springs, including three first-magnitude springs where visitors can swim, snorkel, and dive in their crystalline waters year-round. Among them you can find Juniper Springs Recreation Area, one of the oldest and best known recreation areas on the East Coast. Together with the springs, lakes and ponds, islands of longleaf pine, an...

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