Read On...........It might just be your next stop in Florida.
We had 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!
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!
Bumps, Ramps and Jumps!
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 HERE, Perfect! 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!
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!
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