This is actually the hidden pond trail, you start at Juniper Springs and pay ten dollars per day for secure parking and you are also allowed to use their showers and facilities when you get back including a dip in the springs. The hike is boring at the start and then in the middle quite beautiful. My kids thought we were in Africa. The last 2/3 of the trail are very exposed so it will be hot. Hidden Pond is spring fed and crystal clear. A great destination. Filter the water and get there early cause it fills up fast on the weekends!
Parked inside Salt Springs campground, hiked South on blue blazed spur trail which joins orange blazed Florida Trail 2.5 miles in, then South on Florida Trail to Hopkins Prairie campground and back. Three and a half days, three nights, 24 miles total. Nice hike for Florida. This part about 40% pine forest, 60% open prairie on edge of slough. Trail is very well marked and wide with only an occasional downed tree to detour. Sloughs were mostly all dried up or water was not reachable between two end points for this time. Cool nights, mix of warm to hot days required minimum of four liters of water. Hike in morning, do not do in summer months unless you are a looking for a scorching. This time, this year, ticks were horrible. Bring plastic to sit on, stay out of long grass and a hammock helps.
Melissa P. on Ocala National Forest via Florida T...
Absolutely a Beautiful place to get away!! I have spent many caming get aways here, actually at Oklowaha Camp. Wonderful for riding 4 whellers, walking, just plain hanging out