- Trail rides in the Ocala National Forest.
Established in 1908 and located between the Ocklawaha and St. John's Rivers in Central Florida, with ~607 sq. miles the Ocala Forest is the second largest and southernmost National Forest in the continental U.S.
It is the largest scrub forest in the world with scrub oaks, turkey oaks and live oaks and large concentrations of sand pines, slash pines and longleaf pines.
Over 600 lakes and ponds as well as numerous springs with crystal clear water lie within the forest's boundaries.
It is the habitat of deer, black bear and alligator as well as of numerous small animals like racoon, opossum, red fox, otter, gopher turtle and a large variety of wading or predator birds, all frequently to be seen on trail rides.
- Horse rentals and guided trail rides are available at the
adjacent Fiddler's Green Ranch (www.fiddlersgreenranch.com)
or at nearby McKie Equine Center (www.mckieequinecenter.com)
which offers also riding lessons.
- Watch or participate at one of the horse events / clinics at nearby
Rocking Horse Stables (www.rockinghorseht.com), training center for
the US Olympics team.
- Within 30 - 45 min trailering time more horse trails are reached in the
Wekiva River State Park, Seminole Forest, Silver River State Park,
Sunnyhill or Lake Norris Restauration Areas and Sawgrass Island Preserve.