Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The natural beauty of Fern Hammock Springs

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A part of the fabric of everyday life for thousands of people who live in communities inside and around its boundaries, the Ocala National Forest is a significant public resource for residents and visitors alike.

Deer hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding and canoeing are all traditional uses that continue today, along with more modern additions such as OHV trails.

Dispersed Camping:  Many enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of dispersed camping - camping away from developed campgrounds and other campers. However, no services and little to no facilities are provided. Additional responsibilities and skills may be necessary for a successful trip and it is your responsibility to know your limits and abilities before you try this experience. Camping rules and regulations apply; they make your experience safe and they keep forest settings scenic and unspoiled for fellow campers.


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The new interactive visitor map is a work in progress and will be updated as additional information becomes available. The map currently includes information for most national forest recreation sites and roads.

Pets: Dogs are welcome on most areas of the forest, but must be on a leash at all times. Dogs are not allowed on the beach at swimming areas. For more information on the Ocala National Forest pet policy please call the Lake George District Ranger Office at 352-625-2520.

Florida Trail near Clearwater Lake Headed out Alexander Springs  main entrance Sign for Ocklawaha Visitor Center Florida Trail near Clearwater Lake

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The Ocala National Forest is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Managed recreation areas within the forest may set their own hours.
Rentals & Guides:
Fees Fees are collected at certain managed recreation areas and campgrounds. Please see individual recreation areas for details.
Permit Info:
Usage: Heavy
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General Information


Please see specific trail segments for trailhead directions.

General Notes:

Up to a week's worth of backpacking can be accomplished along the Florida Trail between the northern edge of the Ocala National Forest at Rodman Reservoir and the southern edge at Clearwater Lake Recreation Area. The Florida Trail's western connector between Sharpes Ferry Road and Kerr Island takes 2-3 days to traverse.


Trailheads are provided for parking. Visitors assume all risk for leaving cars overnight. A popular option is for backpackers to leave a car parked inside a managed recreation area for a fee, and be dropped off at a trailhead to hike back to their car.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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At Lake Dorr

Lake Dorr Recreation Area

Ocala Shooting Range

Ocala Shooting Range