Buck N Bass Sports Center can provide you with the most recent edition of The Florida Trail Guide, a comprehensive book covering this area. We have recently created a new section for hiking supplies and offer pick up and drop off service to most of the local trailheads. The Florida Trail in the Ocala National Forest is certified as the Florida National Scenic Trail and has been called the “crown jewel” of the Florida Trail System.
The trail traverses a range of natural stands of longleaf pines, home to the largest stand of sand pines in the world, other short leaf pines and scattered stands of hardwood. The trail also skirts open prairies and ponds that are excellent for viewing wildlife. It’s not uncommon to encounter fox squirrels, deer, bald eagles, owls, sandhill cranes or red cockaded woodpeckers.