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!
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.
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.
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.