Ocala - Forest Road 09

Altoona, Florida (Marion County)

Last Updated: 03/01/2020
2.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 37.74 miles
Highest Elevation: 151 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Altoona
Nearest Town w/ Services: Altoona
Official Road Name: 09
Management Agency: Ocala National Forest
District: Pipeline Unit
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Highlight: Ocala - Forest Road 09
Ocala National Forest is one of three National Forests in Florida. Spanning 385,000 acres, Ocala is the second largest National Forest in Florida. Exploring Ocala National Forest can be done in many ways such as hiking, boating, horseback, OHV, ATV, and street-legal vehicles. Ocala National Forest is great for anyone looking to hunt, camp, watch wildlife, visit a shooting range, or even see the Naval Bombing Range! National Forest Road 09 is a scenic trail running from the very south side of Ocala Nationa Forest to the very north side. FR09 is the longest and only trail that spans the entire length of the forest. FR09 is also known as Pipeline Road as it drives past numerous natural gas stations. Drivers who access FR09 will be greeted with bright white sand, orange clay/dirt, and lush green vegetation against bright blue skies!



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1. National Forest Road 09 Trailhead (0 mi)
FR09 starts a little ways off FR02.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 29.005707, -81.675692

Starting Point: Altoona, Florida

At the intersection of FL-19 and SE Highway 42, turn westbound on SE Highway 42 and follow it for almost three miles. On the north side of SE Highway 42 there will be a well-traveled dirt road, turn north onto it. Follow this dirt road for almost two miles when it comes to a 4-way intersection. Turn right/east onto National Forest Road 02. Take FR02 east for two miles then turn north onto FR09. The trail begins here.


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Trail Reviews (3)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The area had heavy rains the day before and the trail had heavy use during it which made the trip a little more of an adventure than I expected. Most of the trail was a scenic drive down a dirt road (spotted some deer and a bear) with a few patches of sand where I used 4WD. Some sand was deep enough to drag the bottom of the jeep (stock Rubicon). You cross blacktop several times where you can get on or off the trail.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Nice dirt road/tail with the occasional soft, sandy hole. Good way to get through the Forrest.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
FR09 is a nice scenic trail with some hills. Anyone looking for something more than a scenic trail will be disappointed.

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Jeff Bulat

Jeff is an outdoor enthusiast located in the central Florida area. He enjoys exploring Florida's less traveled roads, visiting historic sites, and getting away from the city. While on trails Jeff is a huge supporter of tread lightly and believes in, "take out what you take in." A love for vehicles has recently brought Jeff to the world of off-roading. He is still new to the game but is enthusiastic about learning new techniques, vehicles, equipment, technology, and bringing all together to contribute to TrailsOffoad.
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