If you’re looking to explore the wild outdoors and have some fun in the sun, the Ocala-Marion County area is the place to be. North Central Flora boasts some of the most beautiful, unspoiled nature in the state, and offers a variety of outdoor activities for the whole family. Here are some ideas to jump-start your next outdoor adventure:



Take advantage of North Central Florida’s well-curated natural resources, and experience nature up close and personal by exploring the trails of Marion, Alachua, and Citrus County! These parks and trails offer walking, as well as biking and riding routes.

The Land Bridge Trailhead
Crystal River Preserve State Park Eco-Walk
Marshall Swamp Trailhead
Pruitt Trailhead
• Santos Trail

Horse Trails in Marion County

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert rider, there are plenty of beautiful horse trails to explore in the greater Marion County area. Hit the trail and experience Central Florida nature on horseback!

Ross Prairie Campground and Trailhead
Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides
Happy Acres Ranch
Kensington Trail Rides
BG Trail Rides at the Florida Horse Park


Springs, Streams and Rivers in Marion County

Enjoy Central Florida’s long, sunny, summer days at our beautiful lakes, springs, and waterways! Whether boating and fishing is your vibe, or you just want to beat the heat, there’s an aquatic activity for everyone down here.

Big Bass Lake
Rainbow River
Captain Bob’s Custom Airboat Tours & Boat Rentals
Lake Bryant
Silver Springs
Fern Hammock Springs
Salt Springs Run Marina & Landing
Discovery Kayak Tours


Marion County’s expansive natural spaces offer ample opportunity for individuals to explore Florida’s natural forests, commune with nature, and practicing shooting skills.

Ocala Public Shooting Range Ocala National Forest
Ocala National Forest Rental
Goethe Trailhead Campground


Outdoors not really “your thing?”
Check out our blog naming some of the best spots in and around Ocala to grab an ice-cold beer to cool down instead.