Osceola - FR237

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5/5 (3 reviews)
Lake City, Florida (Columbia County)
Last Updated: 03/16/2020
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Osceola National Forest is one of three National Forests in Florida. Spanning 266,000 acres Osceola is the smallest of Florida's National Forests. Exploring Osceola National Forest can be done in many ways such as hiking, ATVs, horseback, and street-legal vehicles. Ocala National Forest is great for anyone looking to hunt, camp, watch wildlife, or visit the Lewis D. Whitaker shooting range! National Forest Road 237 has multiple personalities. At first, FR237 starts on an easy maintained dirt road, but explorers quickly find out the trail is going to change after crossing a bridge that's underwater. FR237 cuts through forest and swamp where drivers can expect long and deep water crossings. Once out of the swamp drivers will be back in a scenic forest only shortly to find yet more water crossings! FR237 is a fun trail as long as explorers are experienced and have the proper recovery equipment.

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Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/03/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Now this trail is what we came to Osceola for! Up along the northern fence line, and going further east/west than TrailsOffroad shows, this trail is a ton of fun with deep mud and deep water crossings. In dry season, this trail is a minimum of 4 difficulty - I wouldn't do it without high clearance / a lift kit, 4wd, and recovery gear - with an optional 5-6, and in wet season its a minimum 5-6 with an optional 8-9. The bottom of the water crossings are sticky mud or super sloppy sugar sand. There were two spots, even in dry season, where a 4Runner w/ 3" lift and 33" tires had to VERY carefully plan a path in order to not get flooded. The linked video shows what most mud/water holes were like, but there were a few that would have been impassable straight through and required going on the shallower sides. When fully covered in water the deep trenches on each side of the road aren't distinguishable, but they become very deep and have sugar sand bottoms that you can sink another foot into.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/02/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We had a great time on this trail. Lots of deep water holes and we got stuck in one. Had to call GP Off-Road Recovery to come save us since we didn't have a *****. Great fun still, and we'll go back with our recovery equipment. (Or just call Dallas to get us out!)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/07/2020

FR237 starts off as a usual trail but once you cross the bridge that's underwater the fun picks up! Halfway through the trail there is a great picnic area.

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