Ocala - Forest Road 09

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2.7/5 (4 reviews)
Altoona, Florida (Marion County)
Last Updated: 03/01/2020
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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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2.7/5 (4)
Rated 3/5
Visited: 11/08/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Do you want a long, scenic, "overland" drive through Ocala Nat'l Forest, but you don't want to actually go offroading? Then this is for you. Any stuck SUV/Subaru/whatever can get through here as long as you don't intentionally run into a sand pit.
Rated 3/5
Visited: 07/05/2020

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.
Visited: 05/13/2020

Nice dirt road/tail with the occasional soft, sandy hole. Good way to get through the Forrest.
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Rated 2/5
Visited: 02/08/2020

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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