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The Ocala National Forest, located north of Orlando, 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 crystalline waters year round.


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Get to Know Your Ocala National Forest

Tips on how to make your visit to your national forest more enjoyable.

Ocala National Forest Rules | Camping | Day use

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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? Visit the Pittman Visitor Center to obtain forest information, maps, passes, guidebooks, and much 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.