Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Ocala National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Just watch the ticks, Lyme disease is possible.

Good trail but hard pass around loop,

hiking
5 months ago

Great day hike out to the spring. Planning a weekend stay around the spring loop soon.

Since we were going only to hike, the very short walk to the spring amidst swimmers was not worth the $10 park entry.

hiking
5 months ago

Disappointed to drive 3 hours to hike this trail, only to find it closed due to Bear Activity. Oh well, plenty of other beautiful trails in the forest

Blazes were poorly marked and very few and far between.

Nice marked path easy to navigate through. Was warned about tics but didn’t have not one on us.

We were only able to do about 2 miles on this trail and had to turn back. we had our dogs with us and they kept getting small thorns in their paws that were very painful. Not a good trail for dogs, unless they have feet protection.

Good trail to ease into the forest. Flat, palmettos, trees. Saw a deer when went off path. But, easy trail, no real points of interest. Good nature.

no parking what so ever. no trail head. parking along side of hwy. 40 will get you very stuck or your vehicle broken into. on the plus side FL trails are beautiful with abundant wildlife. bring water, bug spray and have fun.

8 months ago

No parking. It was flooded after a thunderstorm the previous day. Nice trees.

hiking
9 months ago

Solid trail. Nothing particularly mind-blowing to see but the sink hole is cool. This was a good way to kill a couple hours outside on a nice day, but don't expect to be wow'ed.

Absolutely stunning place to visit. Has a swimming hole and lots of camping. Recommend visiting here at least once

Been on this trail multiple times and it never ceases to amaze!

hiking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wish it was better maintained!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The nature was beautiful the history was awesome. The only complaint I think we had the whole trip was the lack of maintained trail makers and the sign and map on the way in we're so faded you could not read them.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Beautiful, easy hike. Insect repellent is a must. Check for ticks when finished :)

camping
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

lots to do. lots of trails everywere. unfortunately couldn't do the spring it was after a hurricane so a lot of down trees in the path

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Good walk, nicer at the end when you start seeing more vegatation. Several benches along the way. Pier is small but nice overlook. Very quiet and wildlife viewing is hit or miss. Take water durring the summer. This trail gets hot.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Enjoyed this hike and all the historical points of interest along the way! I wish I had read the book The Yearling first.

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Beautiful little 2 mile out and back. The last 1/4 mile is dense with palm trees and there was a small alligator just off the observation platform

Saturday, January 14, 2017

I loved this walk mid-January, but would never recommend when the temperature isn't cool. The cemetery and sinkhole are cool gems. Lots of history. You will get some sun.

hiking
Sunday, December 25, 2016

A mile and back along a well-maintained trail to a nice boardwalk and view of the Saint Johns River with plenty of old growth forest in along the way in Ocala National Forest. And easy hike, and turns into a loop about 1/4 of a mile in so you can take a different way back to the parking area. Biking and horseback prohibited.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

No place to safely park.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Great reward with the sinkhole and cemetery but not kid-friendly with poorly maintained trails and SO many sand spurs. Hiked with an adventurous 5 year old but wouldn't recommend it to parents. Beautiful forest and plant life.

walking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

trails for everyone

Monday, August 08, 2016

Amazing hike, a lot of history

the hiking trail is hard to find. You need to park in the overflow parking for the RV campground then the start is located behind what looks like an abandoned restroom facility. It is a nice trail with some gorgeous huge cypress trees located about halfway through the trail. You better bring some bug spray on warm days though. the yellow flies can be tough

hiking
Monday, March 21, 2016

Short trail but a nice few along the creek with the bubbling springs along the way. The boardwalk makes for an easy walk

Sunday, February 07, 2016

This trail isn't located in Eustis, FL.

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