Ocala National Forest via Florida Trail is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fort McCoy, FL that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking.
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.
This place is great. Wildlife everywhere! The Oak Trees are so thick with Spanish Moss...this is a must see. Natural springs everywhere.
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
You wouldn't believe how many different trails for beginner to intermediate. Lots of wildlife! Camping for everyone . . . from primitive to campgrounds with running water, showers, etc. This is an awesome place!