The Ocala Forest is also known for having over natural lakes and ponds. Millions annually visit the forest, which is one of Central Florida's last remaining traces of forested land. The prairies are Floridian highlands freshwater marshes. Southern coastal plain nonriverine basin swamps are large, seasonally flooded depressions of baldcypress Taxodium distichum and swamp tupelo Nyssa biflora. List of nature centers in Florida.
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There are four officially designated wilderness areas lying within Ocala National Forest that are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.
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Inland scrub consists of sand pines Pinus clausa growing amid shrublands of evergreen oaks. The nationql contains several slow-moving rivers and numerous wet "prairies".
Ocala has a wide variety of wildlife. The mild winters are fine for family camping while a summer canoe trip down a palm-lined stream is a cool way to spend an August day. Dry, sandy areas support Florida longleaf pine sandhills and Florida peninsula inland scrub.
Francis Trail, and Yearling Trail. De Soto Fort Caroline. The Rodman Reservoir system forms most of the northern and north western border as part of the Ocklawaha River Basin.
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Activities range from canoeing, boating, fishing, skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming and the use of personal watercraft. Where fire is absent, southern coastal plain oak domes and hammocks can grow. antional
Live ordnance is restricted to the Live Ordnance Impact Area; inert ordnance is used on all other targets. The Origins of the National Forests: The forest contains the largest concentration of sand pine in the world as well as some of the best remaining stands of longleaf pine in central Florida.
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There are areas that are restricted to off road vehicles; a detailed forest map can help provide information on areas open to off road vehicles. Nature centers List of nature centers in Florida.
Water plays an important part in a variety of recreational opportunities in the forest. The Navy has used the area for target practice for 50 years under a special use permit from the U. The Ocala National Forest, established inis the oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River  and the southernmost national forest in the continental U.
The Ocala National Forest offers an accommodating climate for year-round recreation. It is part of the south trail system off FR These are small stands of thick evergreen oaks.
Millions annually visit the forest, which is one of Central Florida's last remaining traces of forested land. Views Read Edit View history.
Motor Vehicle Use Map, MVUM, Ocala National Forest
The Ocala National Forest receives more visitors nationa any other national forest in the Sunshine State. Protected areas of Florida. A Quota Hunt Permit may also be required during certain time periods or certain game. Both of these pine communities are sustained by frequent fires. The sandy soil is home to the gopher tortoise.
Longleaf pine sandhills are woodlands dominated by longleaf pine Pinus palustris. Southern coastal plain nonriverine basin swamps are large, seasonally flooded depressions of baldcypress Taxodium distichum and swamp tupelo Nyssa biflora.
P-3 Orion and P-8 Poseidon aircraft will also use an instrumented range in the southeast quadrant of Lake George to conduct aerial mining training utilizing inert lb mines. Farles Prairie in Ocala National Forest.