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[ft-l] Ocala-area hikes
Glad to hear you're visiting again. What's your radius for hikes...around Ocala? There are several brand new trails open, some short enough to take the kids. Most notably:
Marshall Swamp Trail -- off Sharpes Ferry Rd, two lights south of SR 40 on SR 33, turn left. Trailhead on right about 4 miles. beautiful 2.5 mile walk through hydric hammock, much of it on boardwalks. Best done in winter when mosquitoes are minimal. One-way, so either leave a car at the other end (new Baseline trailhead for greenway trail) or turn around and come back.
Johnson Pond Trail -- off CR 39 just 2 miles north of SR 200, west of Ocala. Nice 2.8 mile walk through sandhill, rosemary scrub, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks, past a large flatwoods pond.
Silver Springs State Park -- just opened a new campground. 8 miles of trails broken up into 4 different trails, all accesible from one trailhead. Two go down to the river for beautiful views. Lots of new interpretive markers, best I've seen yet. Just off SR 33 about a mile south of SR 40 at Silver Springs.