It’s all about experiencing nature when visiting Ocala. A great way to exercise while in the area and take in the scenic views is to set off on one of the many miles of hiking trails in the region.

A popular trail that is a must during a visit to Ocala is the Land Bridge Trailhead. The 3.5 links on the Cross Florida Greenway and a part of the Florida National Scenic Trail. This landmark bridge crosses I-75 that many visitors will see as they arrive or depart Ocala.

The Ocala National Forest, located about 10 miles east of the city, is home to various levels of hiking trails throughout the second largest forest in the U.S. Take a few hours to hike areas like the Salt Springs Trailhead or spend the entire day at your own pace.

The vast network of hiking trails includes the 1.3-mile loop Bear Swamp Trail in the Ocala National Forest or the Silver Springs Conservation Area trail on the western edge of the forest. These two trails will immerse visitors in the vast ecosystem of this national forest which includes freshwater springs, native birds and other species.

Explore a variety of hiking trails located west of Ocala including the Dunnellon Trail, Pruitt Trailhead and Rainbow Springs State Park.