The Ocala National Forest is located in the northern center of Florida.
Where is this Forest?



Ocala National Forest mapThe Ocala National Forest is located north of Orlando between the Ocklawaha and St. Johns Rivers. Encompassing approximately 383,000 acres, it is the southernmost forest in the continental United States and protects the world's largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest.

Although it is centered on high, dry, central scrub ridges, the Ocala National Forest is rich in water resources with more than 600 lakes, rivers, and springs, including three first-magnitude springs. Each an oasis surrounded by subtropical growth, our springs are some of the finest and clearest in the United States. Visitors can swim, snorkel, and dive in these crystalline waters year-round.

Established in 1908 as one of the first National Forests east of the Mississippi River, the Ocala National Forest protects many significant archaeological, historic, geological, and botanical wonders.

Get to Know Your National Forests in Florida

Tips on how to make your visit to your National Forest more enjoyable.

Ocala National Forest Rules | For camping | For day use


Be Bear Aware!

Bear making off with garbage can

Florida black bears are opportunistic at snatching unattended food, and our raccoons are renowned for sneaky tricks. Learn how to properly store your food with these handy tips.

Juniper Springs

Juniper Springs

Beneath a tightly-knit canopy of live oaks, Juniper Springs is a beautiful pool of crystalline water in the heart of the desert-like Big Scrub.


Visitor Centers

Ocklawaha Visitor Center

Curious where the best equestrian trail is, or need to get an OHV permit? Our three visitor centers enable you to obtain forest information, maps and passes, guidebooks and more.

Wilderness Areas

Ponds in the Juniper Prairie Wilderness

The Ocala National Forest has four wilderness areas designated by Congress as places where habitats are untrammeled by man, protected and managed to preserve their natural state.

Fire Danger Level: Low


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Key Contacts

Lake George Ranger District
17147 E. State Road 40
Silver Springs, FL 34488

Ocklawaha Visitor Center
3199 NE CR 315
Silver Springs, Florida 34488

Salt Springs Visitor Center
14100 State Road 19
Salt Springs, Florida 32134

Pittman Visitor Center
45621 State Road 19
Altoona, Florida 32702

Seminole Ranger District
40929 State Road 19
Umatilla, FL 32784
352- 669-3153