Looking for a great trail in Ocala National Forest, Florida? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 10 easy trails in Ocala National Forest ranging from 1.4 to 19.7 miles and from 32 to 137 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Beautiful trail in a well maintained National Park but I was not prepared for the lack of shade. IT WAS HOT! Even at 72 degrees in Nov. We camped on the south end of the trail at Clearwater Lake and hiked 5mi up and back. We saw the right amount of wildlife, a tortoise, deer, and orange wearing hunters. No alligators or bear (thank God). I hiked with my dog and in hindsight I should’ve dressed him (and myself) in orange. Tons of hunters in the park during hunting season. All in all a great hike. This Florida Girl should’ve remembered who she was messing with...The Florida Sun!!

Good hike. No problem with bugs like some other reviews said.

Alexander springs - run through ocala day 1.

Very nice boardwalk trail through lush palms and pines to a beautiful turquoise spring with bubbling boils of aquifer spring water. Your Interagency pass will give you a 50% discount on the $5.50 per person entry fee.

on St. Francis Trail

bugs
muddy
25 days ago

Trail was very wet after recent rain and about half way through... I ended up turning around because I was unsure which way to go. Could have been me, but I just did not feel comfortable proceeding because I did not know which way to go. I would love to go back and try again though because the portion I did walk was great. PS - Bring your mosquito repellant!!!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
26 days ago

A bit muddy, to be expected after a big rain. Pretty well marked. Only got off trail once. Will definitely come back when it dries up a little.

Great trail! Due to recent rain the trail was wet, but nothing more than a few inches deep. Missed a turn and ended up on a dirt road for part of the hike instead of the trail, but all in all was decently marked. There were hunters in the area, so wear bright orange if you can right now (just to be on the safe side because it’s hunting season). Didn’t see any animals, but would definitely hike this again.

Nice trail. Easy walk under a green tunnel. Path doesn’t appear to be particularly well traveled or maintained, but that adds to the feeling of being out in the Forest. Very secluded and quiet. Bugs weren’t much of an issue today. Came across a coral snake on the trail. Eaton Lake is beautiful and interesting. Several boardwalks to the water’s edge for viewing (Boardwalk has a few small holes, so watch your step). Did part of the Eaton Lake Sinkhole trail as well. More overgrown and not as scenic, but still a nice trail that leads to a deep sinkhole.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent trail. I recommend starting early and not after any rain. Parts of the trail were under water and other areas unclear. But it was scenic. Saw one rattle snake on the trail and a lot of fresh bear poop. Had our grey hound with us and we carried her over the log bridge. Otherwise it was dog friendly.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike but check yourself for chiggers (micro ticks that burrow in the skin and itch like crazy for days) once you get to the boardwalk then once you’re done!!! We were covered head to toe with them!!!

Not a bad trail, needs a little love in some areas. Bring bug spray! Lots of webs on the path too! If you have a dog bring a tick killing spray just in case, my dog needed it immediately after for seed ticks.

lots of spiders

walking
2 months ago

There was a guy sitting at the trail head. He had a truck with expired tags. I did not feel comfortable. So walked a little bit turned around and left. There’s always another trail

This was a gorgeous, peaceful hike. Well shaded. I saw a few deer, and birds galore. Also spiders galore! There was one spot (in the field near the picnic tables) that has gotten overgrown and I had trouble finding the trail, but otherwise it was in great shape.

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bugs
over grown
4 months ago

This a great trail to see natural Florida, there are even some small hills. There is little to no shade, still a good trail.

hiking
bugs
6 months ago

Great hike. Hiked May 27, 94 degrees at 1pm. First half is shaded by old oaks, a couple small streams but mostly dry today. Saw 2 non-venomous snakes, tracks of other wildlife. You then arrive by the river, nice place to relax and have a light lunch. Saw a deer and her new fawn here. 3 dirt bikes drove by but were pretty courteous. The next 1.5 miles is in pine, pretty exposed to sun and heat (to day was 94 degrees when we finished). Immediately after pine area, we found wild blueberries and had a snack. Ticks were a definite issue, all of us had a dozen on us or more, bug spray didn't help with that. Some spots weren't marked particularly well, but where the trail devides if you go 50 or so feet and don't see a blaze, you probably went the wrong way. Blazes were white over red when we went. We spent 4 hours on the hike to do the full loop, this included time at the river to eat and relax and a couple other short stops. I will definitely do this hike again. Really an easy hike except for the middle section with high temp/humidity/extreme UV today.

hiking
6 months ago

Overall a less traveled path. We got stopped by a bear and decided to hear back!

hiking
6 months ago

What a great trail! I will definitely come back. But next time I will bring long pants as I found 14 ticks throughout the trial crawling on my legs. However, my hike buddy did not get any ticks, which is ironic. Is Florida, and that's how it goes in the summer. But overall, I have no complaints. This hike is for all level hikers. Nothing extreme.

Tried to do this today 5/18/19. There were a lot of yellow flies and ticks. We did not have any insect repellent because this was not a planned stop. We had to turn around about 1/10 mile in to the trail.

Hot and Dry trail during May and there were too many tics to count along the way. The only redeeming part was the springs too cool off in after the day.

hiking
bugs
6 months ago

My wife and I sarted at the Alexander Springs entrance gate, took the blue blazed trail to the FT, then went West on the FT, we took the FT to SR19 & back. The first bit is all under dense tree cover. The rest of the trail opens up into pine scrub, with a few hills. The trail is all very sandy, soft and dry, exposed to the heat and sun. The sand is manageable, especially if you slow your pace a bit and tread careful, the heat and sun ... it's FL it's as bad as always in mid May. We did the 8.5 miles with 2 liters of water each, but there are no water sources so make sure to camel up at Alexander Springs. Our biggest challenge was the ticks. Never have we ever been attacked by so many ticks in one day. They were crawling all over us, up our trekking poles, legs, in our shoes, under our shirts, everywhere..if we stood still they would just start climbing up from the ground... it was craziness. If you hike this trail in May, be prepared for the ticks and make sure you sunblock and bring at least 2 liters of water per person, 3 might be safer.

Because this is near where I live, I ride this trail fairly regularly. Sugar sand can be a problem in spots, and the trail crosses several fire roads used by the Forestry Service. While the trail itself isn't difficult, come prepared for being alone. I have spent entire rides and not seen another hiker/cyclists. Cell reception isn't the greatest either. So if you run into trouble, you could find yourself in real danger. Also, don't forget to look up from time to time. We have had an increase in panther sightings.

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bugs
7 months ago

Shaded and well marked. The views from both overlooks are beautiful. we did not encounter wildlife. My friends did pick up a lot of red deer ticks. I on the other hand did not. We believe this had to do with the clothing I wore. The were compressions style yoga pants and a Columbian outdoors dry fit long sleeve zipper hoodie. The hoodie was thin mostly used for spf purposes.

Wonderful hike! Very sunny but beautiful views

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