Ocala National Forest
Lake George Ranger District
Located in between the St. Johns and Ocklawaha Rivers in Central Florida, the Ocala National Forest was the first national forest established east of the Mississippi. Filled with lush plants and diverse wildlife, the forest is a beautiful place to get away from the chill of winter. Hikers enjoy the Florida National Scenic Trail. Meandering 67 miles from the north to the south edges of the forest, this trail presents a beautiful and challenging trek for experienced backpackers. Other attractions include camping near natural springs, beautiful Lake George, and miles of rivers and streams for canoeing, fishing, and exploring.
Alexander Springs Campground & Day Use Area
Alexander Springs Recreation Area is located in the Ocala National Forest near the beautiful, turquoise waters of Alexander Springs. With forested scenery and abundant water, the recreation area offers camping, swimming, canoeing, scuba diving (for certified divers), hiking, birding and wildlife viewing. The water is a constant 72 degrees and extraordinarily clear with a sandy bottom. Visitors can swim, snorkel and dive year-round in the crystalline waters of the spring.
Salt Springs Campground & Day Use Area
Salt Springs Recreation Area is located about 30 miles from Ocala at an elevation of 45 feet. Set in a semi-tropical region on the banks of Salt Springs, this campground has 162 sites. Campers come here to swim, fish, snorkel, hike, boat, and enjoy campground activities and the natural beauty of the area. Seven sets of hosts work together with the area managers to manage this facility. The area includes a small store, company office, barn for games and crafts, and boat launch. The campground is open year round.
Silver Glen Springs
Silver Glen Springs has crystal clear waters along the edge of the Big Scrub. This popular, year-round, day use area is an important archaeological site.
Lake Dorr Recreation Area
Lake Dorr Cabin is set along the south shore of beautiful Lake Dorr, ideal for a family getaway. The cabin is open year-round and creates a great setting for plenty of outdoor water fun. It's located just over an hour from popular amusement parks and other exciting attractions in Orlando.
A wayside stop along SR 40, Wildcat Lake shimmers in the middle of the Big Scrub. Launch your boat and head out on the lake for a morning of fishing.