Ocala - Forest Road 02

Altoona, Florida (Marion County)

Last Updated: 03/01/2020
2 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4.88 miles
Highest Elevation: 140 feet
Duration: About 20 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Altoona
Nearest Town w/ Services: Altoona
Official Road Name: 02
Management Agency: Ocala National Forest
District: Pipeline Unit


Highlight: Ocala - Forest Road 02
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 02 is a simple and easy trail running east and west through Ocala National Forest. The trail has hilly spots where visitors will be able to see miles into the forest, making it appear as if FR02 disappears into the bright green vegetation. Drivers on FR02 need to keep their eyes open for black bears crossing the road!


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1. National Forest Road 02 Trailhead - Keep East (0 mi)
FR02 starts right off FR13. Take FR02 east.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Altoona, Florida

At the intersection of FL-19 and SE Highway 42, turn westbound on SE Highway 43 and follow it for almost 9 miles. On the north side of SE Highway 42 there will be a well-traveled dirt road with a sign for SE 222 Ct. Follow this dirt road for almost 2.7 miles and the intersection for FR-13 will be labeled. FR02 starts at this intersection.


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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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