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Old 03-13-2016, 06:53 PM
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Spent a week in the Ocala National Forest with our ´16 JKU. Drove about 350 miles maybe 70 of them really off road (much more if you include improved gravel Forest Road as off road). Averaged about 17.5 MPG (calculated).

Stayed in Crescent City one night and at Welaka Lodge and Resort the rest of the trip. Thoroughly drove the area around Lake George as well as spent a day on a Pontoon Boat. It was Bike week so we had plenty of company in the bars but saw very few people off road.

Here are a few pics out of hundreds that we took:


Jeep and Crew (i am in the middle)


Glamour Shot


Miles and miles of sugar sand


View from our deck at sunset over the St John´s river


On the bow of the pontoon boat in Salt Springs run


Ospreys ruled the area


View from the Fort Gates Ferry




A very large fellow sharing the trail with us


Berm where we dragged a bit going over


Back on road but time for a last beer in a biker bar in Umatilla


Google map showing various places we thought were worth going back to including bars, restaurants, lodging and off road sites

So, a great time was had by all. We put the jeep in 4 low one time, bounced on our belly plate one time, drove sugar sand with impunity and backed out of water/mud when it got up to the axles a couple of times.

We are looking forward to our next outing and will probably explore the southwest area of the Ocala National Forest next.

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Looks like an excellent trip! We went out to Juniper springs run on Saturday. You couldn't buy better weather!

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Looks like an excellent trip! We went out to Juniper springs run on Saturday. You couldn't buy better weather!
Can't believe I didn't even mention the weather! It was fantastic all week.

Juniper Springs is a great run, lots of wildlife.

Hope to run in to you sometime.
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Looks relaxing!
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Looks relaxing!
It certainly was and just what we needed as we just married off our daughter yesterday..

In my back yard, with less than one weeks notice!

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Cool trip. If you want to day trip PM me.
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Cool trip. If you want to day trip PM me.
Kenaero,

Dude, I never noticed this. Sorry!

Will try again later this spring. Will be bringing up the camper at some point..
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Not sure if still an option, but I stopped at Kerr City a couple years ago...very cool to see a ghost town. Kerr City - Ghost Town

It's privately owned, but we stopped at the main house (with the old gas pump out front) and politely asked the owner if we could look around and said go ahead. He was pretty old back then; haven't been back since.
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Not sure if still an option, but I stopped at Kerr City a couple years ago...very cool to see a ghost town. Kerr City - Ghost Town

It's privately owned, but we stopped at the main house (with the old gas pump out front) and politely asked the owner if we could look around and said go ahead. He was pretty old back then; haven't been back since.
Hey, thanks for posting that. I have been in that neighborhood a number of times without knowing about it. I will check it out next time I am up there.

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Hey Roger, Been wanting to go to Ocala National Forest for a while now. Can you tell me if it's worth a weekend run and if so in what areas should I invest my time?

Thanks in advance sir!

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