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St Francis Trail
Ocala National Forest
 

Constructed to explore the paths of yesteryear, St. Francis Trail takes you through six different ecosystems in the Ocala Forest
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Lake Griffin State Park
3089 U.S. 441-27
Fruitland Park, Fl 34731
Phone: (352) 360-6760

 

Lake Griffin State Park

Lake Griffin State Park is located 2 miles north of Leesburg and 30 miles south of Ocala, and consists of over 460 acres of woodlands and freshwater swamp. Developed in the late 1960ís, the park has 40 campsites with water and electrical hook-ups, a boat ramp, picnic area, picnic shelter and nature trail. While not directly on Lake Griffin, the boat ramp provides access to the lake via power boat or canoe.
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Ocala National Forest - Campgrounds
Silver Springs, FL 34488
Phone: (352) 625-2520

 

Ocala National Forest - Campgrounds

The variety of topography and vegetation found in the Ocala National Forest enhances the pleasure of the many hikes found in the Forest.  Alternative activities found in the Ocala National Forest are the twenty-two mile loop Paisley Woods Bicycle Trail, one-hundred miles of horse trails, and numerous lakes and streams - some of which are ideal for canoeing.  With most of the campgrounds open all year, the diversity of activities, topography, and vegetation result in the Ocala National Forest being a delightful vacation spot for all.
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Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603 South Battlefield Drive
Bushnell, FL 33513
Phone: (352) 793-4781

 

Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

The story of this momentous battle in Florida history is told in the visitor center at Dade Battlefield State Historic Site. It houses memorabilia, artifacts and exhibits about the battle that took place on site between US soldiers and Seminole warriors.  Monuments, trail labels and a replica of the log barricade erected by Dade's command mark the military road and battlefield.
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Paynes Prairie Preserve
State Park

100 Savannah Blvd.
Micanopy, FL 32667
Phone: (352) 466-3397

 

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

This 21,000-acre preserve is among the most significant natural and historic areas in Florida.  Within this national natural  landmark, twenty distinct biological communities such as wet prairie, pine flatwoods, hammocks, swamp and ponds, provide a rich array of habitats for animal life.
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Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 S.W. 81st Pl. Rd.
Dunnellon, FL 34432
Phone: (352) 489-8503
 

Rainbow Springs State Park

The Rainbow River, from which the park derives its name, begins at the park from numerous spring vents that issue an average of 500 million gallons of pure crystalline water every day. The park is a popular destination to swim, snorkel, canoe, picnic, or stroll on the walking paths to enjoy the many plants and animals that abound here.
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The Silver River
at Silver Springs, Florida
 

The Silver River

Running quietly by the hustle and bustle of the crowds at the Silver Springs park is the real attraction - The Silver River. Over 500,000,000 gallons of almost pure water pours from the opening in Silver Springs each day. Glass bottom boat or land access from the Silver Springs attraction (admission charge applies). Personal boats and water craft access from the Ocala Boat Basin east of Silver Springs on State Road 40.
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