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Nature, Parks & Forests

Marion county is Mother Nature's park. You will feel close to nature as you wonder around Belleview and Ocala. Just see for yourself next weekend !

  • Ocala National Forest
    Located East of Ocala, Between the St. Johns and Oklawaha rivers
    .The Ocala National Forest contains over 380,000 acres of woods, wetlands, springs and lakes. The outdoor recreational opportunities include hiking and camping, boating, canoeing and kayaking, as well as hunting and fishing! The world's largest water pine forest, refuge of Florida's last bears, deer, otters and numerous species of birds.
  • Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
    Located in Crystal Rivers
    (US 19, West of Ocala on S.R 40)
    Observe wild manatees around Kings Bay during a boat excursion. The Refuge is comprised of 20 islands and several small parcels of land. More than 30 natural springs !
  • Ocala, Silver Springs
    Located in Silver Springs
    , East of Ocala
    A 350-acre multi-themed nature park and national landmark. Features Glass bottom boats and special events.