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Ocala National Forest

Miami RV Rentals encourages you to make a stop at Ocala National Forest. It is located just north of Orlando, Florida. With over 607 square miles of forest it also has springs, lakes, rivers, horse trails and hiking trails.

At Christmas time you can chop your tree down. You must obtain a $7 permit for each sand-pine tree you plan to harvest. Rangers will direct permit-holders to one of three designated areas at the time you receive you permit.Trees cannot be harvested before Nov. 21 or after Dec. 24, 2016. Request a permit by mail or obtain one in person at the Lake George Ranger District Office, 17147 E. State Road 40, Silver Springs, FL 34488, or the Seminole Ranger District Office, 40929 State Road 19, Umatilla, Fla. 32784. A personal check or money order should be made payable to USDA Forest Service. Unlike tree farms, these trees have not been treated for bugs, so small beetles may crawl out once the tree is in your home. Sand pine trees are the only native Florida Christmas tree. They’re not commercially sold because the branches are too weak for heavy ornaments.

RV's are welcome along with tents and primitive campers. Juniper Springs Recreation Area has 79 sites for tents and RVs, including 59 with electric hookups and 19 tent sites without electricity. Salt Springs Recreation Area has 163 back-in sites for tents and RVs, including some with electric, water and sewer hook-ups. There are 57 tent sites without hookups. Big Scrub Campground has 62 sites without hookups. This campground is popular with off-road vehicle enthusiasts. Silver Springs State Park has 52 RV/tent sites with electric and water hookups. Alexander Springs Recreation Area has 68 sites without hookups. Rodman Campground has 34 RV sites with electric and water hookups.

The Paisley Woods Bicycle Trail is perfect for mountain bikes and covers 22 miles of trails. Horse back riding is ideal here. There are more than 100 miles of equestrian trails running through Ocala National Forest, the most popular of which are the One Hundred Mile Trail and the Lake/Alachua/Marion County (LAM) trail, which is 34 miles long. The One-Hundred Mile Trail is divided into three loops: the 38-mile Flatwoods Riding Loop, the 38-mile Prairie Riding Loop, and the 19-mile Baptist Riding Loop. A 66-mile segment of the Florida Scenic Trail twists its way through the Ocala National Forest, and there are numerous trailheads, including access points in the Salt Springs Recreation Area and the Juniper Springs Recreation Area. To find additional trailheads, access this interactive map for one that suits you best. Another good source for trail information is Florida Hikes!All three of the previously mentioned recreation areas at Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs and Salt Springs have nature trails, boardwalks and trails that wander into the deeper woods.While most of the forest is wide open to hikers and backpackers, we would suggest that you stick to the designated trails. This is, after all, the largest pine woods forest in the world. Reserve your RV today at 305-714-1953.

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