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post #1 of 8 Old 11-20-2005, 01:41 PM
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Florida Trail Riding

Looking for a nice place to go trail riding in the ocala area.
I know of ocala national forest and croom tract of the withlacooche state forest...havn't been to either yet.

This will not only be my bikes first ride off-road, but mine as well (on a bike anyway...) so i dont want to do anything too crazy/extreme; plus my bike's stock, so no skid plates, engine guards, or mud-tires.

so...any suggestions? also if there are specific trails that are really cool, list them too

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-20-2005, 06:14 PM
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Florida's Sandbox and a suggestion.

Prepare yourself for a sand experience. There are some dirt roads in Ocala N.F. that are OK on a V-Strom, but most and all of Croom have too deep of sand in my opinion.
Try Forest Road 77. Starts at highway 19, 8 miles north of Salt Springs just before the Ocklawaha River bridge. Go west on FR77. It will turn to paved and go to 316. Turn right on 316 and go to Eureka. Check out the areas around the bridge on both sides of the river (fishing dock, boat ramps, woods, etc. Let me know how it goes.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-20-2005, 07:15 PM
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yeah, i dont much care for sand...
i was playing around riding on dirt roads in the area and hit a patch of sugar sand...and fell over...not particullarly fun
 
post #4 of 8 Old 11-20-2005, 07:58 PM
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Did you read my edit?

I edited my post above and added a suggestion for a dirt road that is usually hard packed. There is also a side road off of FR77 which will take you to a parking area and a short hike to an Indian mound on the bank of the river. In Salt Springs there is a forest visitor center which has maps (some of which are free).
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-20-2005, 08:07 PM
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cool...i'll have to do that...
might have time wednesday afternoon after work (depending on the weather)
post #6 of 8 Old 11-21-2005, 06:36 PM
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Free maps of Florida National Forests

An information paper called "The Sunshine Connection" can be had for free at the Salt Springs Forest visitor center. It has good maps of all 3 Florida National Forests inside. A larger, more detailed road map sized map of Ocala N.F. can be purchased for around $6.
If you want to go to the Indian mounds, I believe it is the 1st dirt road to the right on FR77 about 2 miles after leaving highway 19. There use to be a small sign marking the road to the mounds.
Remember to give me a ride report!
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-22-2005, 01:01 AM
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Re: Free maps of Florida National Forests

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An information paper called "The Sunshine Connection" can be had for free at the Salt Springs Forest visitor center. It has good maps of all 3 Florida National Forests inside. A larger, more detailed road map sized map of Ocala N.F. can be purchased for around $6.
If you want to go to the Indian mounds, I believe it is the 1st dirt road to the right on FR77 about 2 miles after leaving highway 19. There use to be a small sign marking the road to the mounds.
Remember to give me a ride report!
will do, thanks for the info!!
post #8 of 8 Old 02-19-2006, 05:28 PM
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Rode in Ocala N.F. yesterday

Rode Forest Road 77 yesterday. About 90 percent of it was hard packed - about like riding a bumpy paved road. There is a little bit of sand right before it turns to pavement but its not too deep for a V-Strom. There is a sign marking the Indian mounds, it says Davenport Landing Trail, the name of the old river boat landing. Half mile walk from parking area to the mounds, river, and historical information exibit. Anyone else been there?
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