Ocala - Forest Road 74

Fort Mc Coy, Florida (Putnam County)

Last Updated: 02/27/2020
5 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 12.52 miles
Highest Elevation: 77 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 10 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Fort Mc Coy
Nearest Town w/ Services: Fort Mc Coy
Official Road Name: 74
Management Agency: Ocala National Forest
District: Church Lake Unit


Highlight: Ocala - Forest Road 74
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 74 has split personalities. At first, the trail starts simple but as drivers press eastward the trail becomes more difficult. FR74 enters a swamp where black mud and water crossings are plentiful. Drivers who continue to press through the swamp will be greeted with a very narrow path where plants compete with each other to scratch paint off vehicles. FR74 is a fun trail for all who attempt pushing through the swamp, just remember the recovery equipment!


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1. National Forest Road 74 Trailhead (0 mi)
Trailhead starts where the asphalt ends and the dirt begins!

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Fort McCoy, Florida

Starting at the intersection of East Highway 316 and NE 160th Avenue, turn north onto NE 160th Ave. Follow the road north for almost 13 miles. The trailhead starts when the asphalt ends and the dirt begins.



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Questions & Answers (2)

Q: How deep does the water get in the swamp?
–Bob Berryhill (02/07/2022)
–Jeff Bulat (02/10/2022)
Q: Is a permit required for this trail like the Ocala National Forest OHV trails?
–Jeremy kicklighter (05/15/2021)
–Jeff Bulat (05/15/2021)

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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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