KH Ranch Resort

Riding vacations in the Ocala National Forest

Horse activities:

- 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 (

   or at nearby McKie Equine Center (
   which offers also riding lessons. 

- Watch or participate at one of the horse events / clinics at nearby  
   Rocking Horse Stables (, 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.

Other recreational activities:

- Canoe /kayak rentals are available at Alexander Springs, Salt Springs,   
   Blue Springs, Silver Glen Springs and Juniper Springs, all within a 30 - 45  
   min drive from the ranch.

   With a water temperature of 72 °F all year round the springs also invite to
   swimming and snorkeling.

- Daytona and New Smyrna Beaches on the Atlantic are about 55 mi 
   from the ranch.   

- Shopping and dining in Mt. Dora (~16 mi) with its quaint antiques/ 
   collectibles stores, flea market, frequent art & craft shows or festivals and
   cosy restaurants.

- Theaters and Music Shows (within ~30 min drive):
   Plays and musicals at The Baystreet Players (Eustis) and the Ice House 
   Theatre (Mt. Dora).

   Country Music Shows at the Orange Blossom Opry (Weirsdale).

- Orlando Area Attractions (Disney, Sea World, Universal Studios, 
   Arabian Nights, International Drive etc.) are ~1.5 hours drive.