Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway

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Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway

Providing more than 60 miles of exploration by car, the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway - a National Scenic Byway- is a network of scenic roads between Silver Springs and Ormond Beach, including SR 40 through the heart of the Ocala National Forest.

Replica Ocklawaha riverboats at Silver Springs Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway Mormon Branch Mill Dam Lake Mill Dam Recreation Area entrance

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 24 hours
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: The byway connects Silver Springs and Ormond Beach, running through the communities of Forest Corners, Mill Dam, and Astor along SR 40, and Salt Springs and Altoona along SR 19.
Water: At most recreation areas
Restroom: At most recreation areas
Information Center: For more information visit the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway website at www.floridablackbearscenicbyway.org.

General Information


The route is primarily along SR 40. However, it also includes  include SR 19 to the Fort Gates Ferry and south to CR 445 to Altoona and Alexander Springs. The byway connects most of the major recreation areas and springs in the Ocala National Forest.

General Notes:

The Byway traverses some of Florida's most pristine ecosystems. Included within the corridor are many public lands such as Juniper Springs Wilderness Area, Silver River State Park, the Cross Florida Greenway, Florida National Scenic Trail and the Tiger Bay State Forest. The route also crosses several waterways, which have received special designation because of their uniqueness, including the St. Johns River, an American Heritage River and the Ocklawaha River, an Outstanding Florida Waterway.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Scenic Driving

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Picnic tables At most recreation areas
Drinking water At most recreation areas
Interpretive Site At most recreation areas
Toilets At most recreation areas
Parking At most recreation areas
Boat ramp At most recreation areas
Fee charged for some activities At most recreation areas
Tent camping At most recreation areas
Accessible At most recreation areas
Camping trailer At most recreation areas
Areas & Activities


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At Lake Dorr

Lake Dorr Recreation Area

Ocala Shooting Range

Ocala Shooting Range