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Places to Stay

The Griffin Ranch

The Griffin Ranch you encounter an era of a classic, old Florida ranch life: a world capturing the romance and elegance of a by-gone era. The Ranch is set on 30 acres filled with ponds, pastures and wooded areas. It features guest cottages and cabins with antique interiors in a timeless unhurried atmosphere. We are thrilled to welcome guests to our Ranch who are seeking an escape from a daily routine to share in an experience that enables one to enjoy close encounters with farm and Florida wildlife, Such as black bear, deer, red tail hawks, sandhill cranes, gators, and more. At sunset, you can sit by the grassy pond and experience life as described by legendary authors and philosophers such as Walden, Thoreau, and Rawlings.

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The Oklawaha Canoe Outpost

Canoe and kayak day trips as well as overnight trips along one of America's last unspoiled waterways. For accommodations, we offer fully furnished cabins with a rustic feel or chose a primitive tent site or bring your RV and enjoy our spacious RV sites on the fringe of the Ocala National Forest. In addition, we have a fishing pond, playground and recreation room.

The Ocklawaha Canoe Outpost & Resort is situated on 7.25 acres of serene, untouched beauty on the Ocklawaha River abutting the Ocala National Forest.  We are centrally located between Jacksonville, Tampa, Gainesville, Orlando, and North East of Ocala.

We hope you'll join us for ping-pong, corn hole and a host of other fun-filled activities and relaxation.

Lake Oklawaha KOA

activities and amenities for campers of all ages, including volleyball, playground, dog park, kids crafts, movie nights, DJ/live music, family friendly social areas, lake access, and much more. There's even a 6,000-square-foot clubhouse that has plenty of room for dancing, reunions and other events.  You'll also want to check out the adjacent Junior Olympic-size pool.

Lake in the Forest 

Offers 50/30 full hook-up RV sites, cabin rentals, heated swimming pool, large recreation center, laundry facilities, fishing on the lake and more. If activities are what you are after, we have them for all ages... ceramics, photography lessons, glass fusing and etching, t-shirt design, karaoke, swimming, fishing, boating, movie nights, basketball, volleyball, golf, billiards, bird watching, nature hikes, special group campfires, sing-a-longs, arts-n-crafts and more...

There are also many private places that can be found on

If you prefer to stay in a hotel, you have so many choices. Silver Springs, Ocala and Gainesville are a host to many hotels, motels, campgrounds and rv parks within an hours drive or less.

Ocala National Forest

The Ocala offers the most diverse range of camping opportunities of all three national forests. From Civilian Conservation Corps cabins to primitive camping opportunities, the Ocala has something for everyone.

  • Cabin Rentals: The Ocala is home to two Civilian Conservation Corps that are available for rent. The Lake Dorr Cabin is nestled on the south end of Lake Dorr and can accommodate 10 people. The Sweetwater Cabin overlooks Sweetwater Spring, a freshwater spring that flows into Juniper Run, and can accomodate 12 people.

  • Developed Campgrounds: The Ocala has 14 developed campgrounds where visitors can sleep under the stars next to a sparkling lake or in shady fores Of the 14 developed sites, only Salt Springs offers full hook ups. However, several have dump stations and shower facilities. Others feature a variety of amenities.

  • Dispersed Camping: For those who enjoy solitude and a primitive experience, the Ocala has plenty of forest available away from campgrounds and other campers.

  • Group Camping: The Ocala offers more group campsites than any of our other national forests that are perfect for a family reunion or social gathering. Available by reservation only.

  • RV Camping: Recreation vehicles (RVs) are welcome at our largest campgrounds where partial and full hookups let you get the most out of your vacation spot.


Places to Play

There is so much natural beauty here that I couldn't possibly list it all!

The Ocala National Forest

Please check the sites for more information as somet--+

imes there are closures, or may require reservations

has so many opportunities. One of which are the beautiful natural springs.

Some of the springs are

Bicycling is another activity offered in The Ocala National Forest

Bicycling locations are

There are so many fishing, swimming,hiking and boating opportunities as well. There are over 200 miles of atv trail, but be sure to look up the OHV Passes 

 will list more Ocala National Forest activities here soon

Other nearby Springs include

There are many other Springs I will list more and add information to all the links soon.

Zipline adventures

Captain Ericka's 

A Cruising Down The River

Captain Ericka is a florida native who's family dates back to the 1800's she offers amazing pontoon boat tours and a wealth of knowledge about the area. 

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