Ocala, Florida, Get Off Road And Get Dirty!

ATV Trek Ocala National Forest

ATV Trek Ocala National Forest

We Love to play in the woods, the Dirtier the better!!

Okay, it ain't Colorado, (our stomping grounds) but this area has A LOT to offer- Ocala, Florida--Ba-bee!
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f you like to Bike,  Boat,  4-wheel,  Swim,  Hike,  Wildlife,  Horses or  Camping. This area has you covered!

Read On...........It might just be your next stop in Florida.

Whad a hankering for some rugged bike trails. "Pleeeze Florida, give us a bike trail where we're not sinking into sand!" We finally found a playground!
This is our 4th trip down to Ocala/Silver Springs area, from Jax, Florida. Below is a interactive map, so you can get a perspective of where Ocala is located.

Basically, it's in the middle of the state, northwest of Orlando. Hope you like wildlife, because there's a good possibility you might see Bears, in this area, and we did! Twice! Once on a horseback trek, and the other along the 
FLORIDA BLACK BEAR SCENIC BYWAY.
Below is a picture of black bears. This is not our picture, but we did see a momma and cubs on one visit! 

Black Bear Ocala Florida

Yep! Yep! The Florida Black Bear Scenic Highway goes through the Ocala National Forest North, South, East and West. Here is the official link about the Black Bear Byway and you'll also find a great app you can download that will give you information about the entire recreational area. LINK

First... Let's Talk Off Road Trails For Jeep, 2-Wheel, ATV, 4x4. 
Ocala National Forest! Woo-hoo! 198 miles of Off Road Romping!
The Big Scrub areas in the Ocala National Forest are the largest continuous block of sand pine scrub ecosystem In The World! 
Grab the link for the Ocala National Forest and ALL the trails!  : PLAY HERE
Below is our video, a day of play on ATV's. We rented our ATV's from a great group of guys, just click on the link for info, rates etc., Here it is: ATV RENTAL
TIP: If you pay cash, you get $10 bucks off!

Check out our ATV video below!

ATV Ocala Florida

NEXT, Bike The Bumps............

Ocala, FL bike trails

Vortex Area

Getting Ready To ride

One of my Best Friends! My Gary Fisher Bike!

Vortex Jumps Florida

Bumps, Ramps and Jumps!

Bike Ramp

Above is a great downhill ramp within the trail system!
One of many clay and wooden ramps throughout the trail system.

Okay, No excuses, if you're in the area and you love mountain biking, you need to check out these trails!
Santos Bike Trail! Here is your link for the location: TRAIL
I mean for Florida, this is as good as gets and it's a REAL HOOT!
If you need to rent, there's a bike shop directly across from the trailhead, here's the link for rentals HEREPerfect! Like I said, No Excuses!

Below is a video of the trail system and Vortex. We took a medium level trail for the video, vortex is at the end. 

Want More? ALWAYS! 
Here is a link for MORE Trails and Bike Shops in and around Ocala. BIKE!


Where To Stay? 

  • First trip to Ocala, we stayed at the Marriot's Residence Inn, in Ocala, about 18 minutes from the Santos TrailHead. Very Nice! 
  • The next two trips we had accumulated some hotel points and stayed at the Holiday Inn, in Silver Springs. Great hotel and staff!! It is next to the Silver Springs Park, pretty close Ocala National Forest AND Ocala's Historic District. 
  • This time we stayed at Airbnb. We just got hooked on Airbnb, so here's a link to Airbnb.  Just "plug in" Silver Springs Or Ocala and your good to go!  
  • Pet Friendly- We didn't take Morty on this trip, but here is a great list of Pet Friendly Hotels in Ocala- PetsStay

Horse Capital Of The World! 

This area is the home of over 1,200 horse farms! In 2007, Ocala/Marion County was officially named the "Horse Capital Of The World".  World class champions including two Triple Crown winners were bred in this county. The farms are impressive!
You want to ride? I have two personal recommendations and a link to more trail rides in around Ocala.
ALSO, a fabulous Tour at the GYPSY GOLD FARM, visiting the beautiful Gypsy Vanner Horses!

Read all about the Gypsy Gold Farm Tour: HERE

​​​​​A Link To The City! 

This the very best informational link for the entire Ocala/Marion County area! Horses; Boating; Springs; Trails and Much More! ​
Click
HERE​​

   Hope you can explore MORE of Florida on your next trip south and we have to agree with Walt Disney............

Growing Old Is Mandatory, but growing up is optional
Walt Disney

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