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[ft-l] Ocala-area hikes



Hi, Steve!
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.

Cheers, Sandy