Viewing Plants

The home of the world's largest contiguous scrub forest, the Ocala National Forest is notable in its botanical diversity. Atop the Ancient Island Ridge in the middle of the forest, endemic species of mints and lichens thrive on ancient dunes. The cool microclimate of Mormon Branch enables endangered plants like the yellow star-anise and Florida willow to survive.

Viewing Plants Areas

  • Timucuan Trail
  • Davenport Landing Trail
  • Juniper Springs Recreation Area area description
  • Lake Eaton Trail
  • Salt Springs Recreation Area area description
  • Bear Swamp Trail
  • Salt Springs Wildlife Observation Trailh

Related Information

Areas & Activities
Snorkelers at Alexander Springs

Springs of the Ocala

Otter fishing in a prairie pond

Animals of the Ocala