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Old 05-16-2014, 08:12 PM   #1
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Ocala Natl Forest questions...

I am planning on heading out to the Ocala National Forest one of these days, and see a lot of maps and other info, but it seems like it is a lot to sift through. I have a stock JKU, no lift or tires, and I am looking for some place that is relatively tame, no major mudholes, and has some decent scenery along the way. I live down in Pasco County, so I would be heading up I75. Any suggestions as to where the best jumping-off spot would be? I have been in the area of Santos Mountain Bike park, up to Juniper Springs, etc.
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:23 PM   #2
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I can't specifically tell you what trails to go on but I can tell you that if you take Highway 40 East off I-75 and get basically to the middle of the forest or about 20-30 mins East of Ocala, you'll find lots of trails and power line roads that you'll have a great time on. Power line roads typically tend to be wider and will have less "red neck pin striping" trails. A stock JK will be fine in most stuff out there. Lower your tire pressure to 15-20 psi.

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Old 05-17-2014, 09:49 AM   #3
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Thank you..
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Old 05-25-2014, 12:45 PM   #4
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You can also try citrus county mich closer. Witholocochee state forest. Most trails r tame if after rain god mud trail #9 area has some hill challenges
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I was just there for the first time this weekend and headed up trail #33 towards #50. Any of those main trails are pretty hard packed sand and you can look to the side to find wider trails as well that aren't marked, most of which you'll be fine stock...I found a really cool one if you drive north of 33 just past 50 on the right. It's the first main entrance, it loops through some trees then comes out by some softer sand that you should be fine through and reconnects with 50.
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I go weekly and just pick trails. Got a great map at ranger stations btw.
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Heading up there July 19th-21st camping at juniper springs. Gonna ride a good portion of the trails there Sunday the 20th.
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I'm going now let's see if I get lost.... Lol
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Went to the Withlacoochee State Forest the other day, and it was pretty decent. Lots of trails out there to explore. Still want to head out and check out ONF.
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Went to the Withlacoochee State Forest the other day, and it was pretty decent. Lots of trails out there to explore. Still want to head out and check out ONF.
have you been to Croom yet? I haven't but it's a huge motorcycle/ATV management area. Not sure how jeep friendly the trails are but I'll check on FWC's website and see what I find and post it.
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have you been to Croom yet? I haven't but it's a huge motorcycle/ATV management area. Not sure how jeep friendly the trails are but I'll check on FWC's website and see what I find and post it.
I've been Atv'ing at Croom before, but not Jeeping.
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Croom is good for rides when everyplace else is soaked from rain. You can spend a half a day there easy and trails are marked and numbered good. Make sure you stay on the vehicle trails and watch for trails closed signs. Maps can be found on the state forest website. BTW if the spot looks fun and it is off the main trail or even next to it don't drive off into it----avoid the tickets and save your money for upgrades or more gas!
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Old 08-26-2014, 04:43 PM   #13
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Went to the Withlacoochee State Forest the other day, and it was pretty decent. Lots of trails out there to explore. Still want to head out and check out ONF.
Can someone give me more info on Withlacoochee? Be heading up there from Pasco County and would like to know where to find trail info and how to get there. I checked the website but it is not very clear where to go...there are several trail heads scattered and I don't know which are jeep friendly etc. some tribal knowledge would be appreciated...thanks
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When we went out there, we went in off 480, just off the junction of 480 and 491. We took FR 13 north through the entire Citrus Tract area, and went on some of the offshoot trails. Part of the fun out there is exploring and seeing what you can find. I was really trying to find the caves that are out there, but haven't received a lot of info on there exact whereabouts. Wish someone had some GPX coordinates...we ended up coming out on 44 at the end of the ride. You can take the Suncoast to the end, then cut right over to 480 from there.
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Here's a link to a map:http://files.meetup.com/1595261/Citr...rail%20Map.jpg
The black trail is a hiking trail, but you can still see the Forest Roads on the map.
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When we went out there, we went in off 480, just off the junction of 480 and 491. We took FR 13 north through the entire Citrus Tract area, and went on some of the offshoot trails. Part of the fun out there is exploring and seeing what you can find. I was really trying to find the caves that are out there, but haven't received a lot of info on there exact whereabouts. Wish someone had some GPX coordinates...we ended up coming out on 44 at the end of the ride. You can take the Suncoast to the end, then cut right over to 480 from there.
Thank you...that is what am looking for, a starting point. If anyone is going out this weekend let me know.
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Here's a link to a map:http://files.meetup.com/1595261/Citr...rail%20Map.jpg
The black trail is a hiking trail, but you can still see the Forest Roads on the map.
Thank you...the map helps.
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Just rode citrus on Monday. We took trail 13 in and just explored and found some great clay pits. Good thing about it most of the trails are on any gps so you can spot most of the well used pits.
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We had a blast at the Citrus tract this weekend in Withlacoochee. Explored a lot of the areas off FR15 and found quite a few sweet spots.
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pretty cool area. Still have a hankerin' to hit ONF, but Withlacoochee is so large and there are probably a lot of spots we haven't hit yet, I am still having fun out there....
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Nice thread. Thanks for the info. I got my first wrangler (03 X) this year and am looking forward to finding some time to explore. I'm in east central FL. It is great to be able to find some much good information in one place here.

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