Explore the most popular walking 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.

16 miles out and back from pats island trailhead to juniper springs. Pretty thick for 75 percent of the trail then opens up around the ponds before going back into the thick scrub. No signs of bears, couple of deer, turkeys and quail. If you go early and are the first one on the trail bring a stick to clear the hundreds of spider webs.

Good trail but hard pass around loop,

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Could use a few more double blazes
At some of the confusing area Thanks FTA for the great boardwalks and bridges. Was prepared for the mosquitos but not the ticks, oh my. But still a great day and hike.

hiking
5 months ago

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

Nice tree canopy, not a lot of litter like I've seen on other trails, bring bug spray the skeeters are huge, I saw loads of wildlife even had several woodpeckers follow me through the trail. This is one of the better trails I've been on. Good stuff, always remember. Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints. Enjoy fellow hikers.

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.

6 months ago

This trail is beautiful but we found the area to be very unsafe. I would give the natural wildlife 5 stars, but the local wildlife gets 0.

I've backpacked around Florida in the Econnolatchee areas and up in Washington State, so my boyfriend and I knew to keep all food and smellables in a bear bag. We were really excited about the hike based on the reviews and history we had read about on All Trails. We camped one night and our walk in was a little muddy but fairly dry and spiderless. We were greeted by a manatee gasping for breath when we finally reached riverside. There was some trash but we didn't think too much about it. Needless to say everything was great until about 11:30 PM when some ATVers rolled up a few feet from our sleeping bags.

Turns out the road where the trail meets the river (at the end) is public access and the locals go up here to party. This is why it is littered with garbage and apparently no restriction on ATVs and offroading. If we had known this we would have never camped here. We ended up getting visits from 3 different groups of people that night and the last group cut our bear bag and stole all of our food and toiletries. (Hope you enjoy our used toothbrushes and mixed nuts).

We are used to camping with other people around, but the problem with this campsite is that it has access to public back roads that only interest people that want to party away from the cops. This place is not camper friendly and is a day use area only.

camping
6 months ago

We completed the east portion of the trail and camped by the river at St Francis in mid January. West part of the trail was still too wet and muddy, so we returned back the same way we came avoiding the swampy part of the loop.
Weather was beautiful with 55 during the day and 39 degrees at night. Starry night sky, beautiful nature with unfortunate signs of human presence in the form of dropped cans and food wraps that we picked up on the way back.
No mosquitoes. Saw remains of armadillo who became someone’s dinner and presence of bears , but no bears themselves. Still very glad we hanged the food and garbage high up on the tree branch at night. Saw a white tail deer.
There is nothing left of town of St Francis. The nature claimed it back completely.

Incredible 21 mile day hike! My group and I trekked the southern path starting from Juniper Springs Rec. Area, during the winter time, early Jan. 2018. This trail offers very diverse scenery, which was nice to stay engaged, and excited for what more you might discover. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great and unique place to explore in FL!

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.

on St. Francis Trail

hiking
7 months ago

AMAZING! Beautiful trail that took us by the St. Johns River with interesting topography. Pay attention to the trail markers. A couple of times we almost lost the trail but it was easy to double back. Not a lot of people there so a peaceful time spent in the woods.

hiking
7 months ago

The trail was great for me because I love a good adventure but for about a mile and a half or so the trail was completely under water up to about me knee from the hurricane I would definitely go again when the water goes down. On the trail I brought a pair of trekking poles which save my tail a few times from falling also I would where a pair of quick dry shoes because I wore a pair of heavy duty hiking boots and they took a good 3 days to dry. I also got a lot of really bad chigger bites that still itch every once in while and I went on the trail about 2 months ago so I would definitely wear and have bug spray and a lot of it. Anyway good luck.

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.

hiking
8 months ago

Really nice trail. Well blazed. Water got too deep for me today. Will deff come back in the dry season to finish the whole loop. But what I saw today was beautiful. Old oak hammocks and pine flat woods. Worth going

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
8 months ago

I’m not sure this trail is really on AllTrails. But there are two of them. Lake eaton One is a sinkhole there’s a boardwalk. It’s pretty amazing. I missed it the last time I was here somehow. The other is a trail around the lake. Lake eaton. You have a feeling of real isolation when you’re here. But you’re really not that far from Silver Springs. You know you stayed at the right hotel when at the elevator they show a map how to get to this place. I came early in the morning 6:30 AM I thought I might hear more birds. But still a very fun walk invigorating. 56°

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

10 months ago

Nice trail with lots of water...wear your boots if it rains.

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

It was hot, spiders ruled, fallen trees from Irma, and all the plants left their marks.

Did this section and another farther south over labor day for a two day 25 mile point-to-point.

Pros: Trail was lovely and well maintained. Literally had the trail to myself on a holiday weekend because it isn't "hiking season" in FL yet. Flat and easy to put in miles.

Cons: It wasn't hiking season for a reason, temps were in the 90's both days and the ticks and chiggers were out in force. Water is pretty available but requires some nerve to wade out to depending on which pond you're at.

hiking
11 months ago

Wish it was better maintained!

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

I can't wait to try this walk in the fall, and it's not so humid sure mosquitoes, fewer biting flies. I think would've really like about this trail is how far off the beaten path you feel. What are you are you go on several dirt roads to get to it. And you won't likely see anybody on the trail, although they are wonderfully marked with signs throughout about the wildlife. The boardwalk so great if only I could learn to walk without scaring off all the wildlife. Lots of spiderwebs so bring a Walkingstick. If her last birds in the morning humidity is still very high.

hiking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

There are two trails here. I went on the sinkhole loop first. If you like isolated, thick woods and narrow trAils this is perfect. I only had time to do a little bit of the lake eaton trail. I'll be back to see the lake. Once again I used the trekking poles brother Jim gave me. Thanks Jim

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.

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