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Old 01-05-2014, 08:22 PM   #1
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Ocala National Forest - Advice

So I just got my first Jeep on Friday. Wouldn't you know I already had a camping trip planned up there for 1/17

Anyway, I've never been up there, but heard it was great. So now that I have a Jeep, one day will definitely be spent on some trails.

Do any of you guys have any advice, things to watch out for, trails that are better than others, etc.

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Old 01-05-2014, 08:33 PM   #2
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i'm not sure if your going by yourself or with a group. so carry a map of the forrest trails you will be on , bring extraction tools incase you do get stuck out there. best advice i can give is have fun exploring the trails you find.

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Old 01-05-2014, 08:40 PM   #3
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Thanks man, just going with the wife and kids, so I'll probably keep it pretty tame this time out and stick to the easier trails. I've been watching a bunch of videos on YouTube and a lot of the trails look pretty wide open...
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It's still hunting season out there, so there's hunters and there dogs everywhere. Bears too. Keep that in mind.
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It's still hunting season out there, so there's hunters and there dogs everywhere. Bears too. Keep that in mind.
That's a good point...we're staying in Juniper Springs, which based on the forest map Brian linked me to looks to be closed to hunting. A guy I work with has gone camping there a bunch of times and loves it, says he has yet to see a bear.
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One of my favorite trails out there is 46. Take 33 north from your camp site at juniper springs. Go west on 46 and ride that to 11. You get a nice mix of mud, rugged terrain and beautiful forrest. Don't worry if your stock, you'll be fine.
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One of my favorite trails out there is 46. Take 33 north from your camp site at juniper springs. Go west on 46 and ride that to 11. You get a nice mix of mud, rugged terrain and beautiful forrest. Don't worry if your stock, you'll be fine.
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When you hit the sugar sand don't slow down! Or you will get stuck. Lol
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One of my favorite trails out there is 46. Take 33 north from your camp site at juniper springs. Go west on 46 and ride that to 11. You get a nice mix of mud, rugged terrain and beautiful forrest. Don't worry if your stock, you'll be fine.
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When you hit the sugar sand don't slow down! Or you will get stuck. Lol
air down your tires first....
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If you have a tom tom or nav unit it'll work in the ONF.
All of the forest roads and quite a few of the larger jeep trails are on there. It's extremely hard to get lost out there. Keep an eye off the side of the forest roads and look for tire tracks little patches of fun terrain. Sometimes you'll find some nice little hills to climb when you explore those tracks off the main dirt roads.
Take some branch pruners for when you find yourself on a narrow trail with large branches extending into the trail.
It's a lot of fun out there, lots of sugar sand. We always did the area around the bombing range.
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same area we played around in. around the bombing range. there are some cool little trails in and around there!
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same area we played around in. around the bombing range. there are some cool little trails in and around there!
That's where I used to play out there. It used to get nasty on the road around the bombing range. There's quite a few nice little trails over that way, some are kind of tight unless you don't mind a little custom pin-striping.
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That's where I used to play out there. It used to get nasty on the road around the bombing range. There's quite a few nice little trails over that way, some are kind of tight unless you don't mind a little custom pin-striping.
Lol, that's why I would carry a branch pruner. They're real handy to have especially after a windy storm for those big hangers over the trail. Plus a nice wide trail can turn into a real narrow one pretty quick.
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Yeah, I'll have a recovery strap, hatchet and shovel with me just in case. One of the Titan guys I know may come as well, so that could be another vehicle too.

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