If you’re looking to explore the wild outdoors and have some fun in the sun, then you’ve come to the right place! Ocala, Marion County and the surrounding areas boast beautiful natural spaces and a huge variety of outdoor activities that provide fun for all ages. To help you decide what to do, we’ve compiled a list of just a few of the hundreds of outdoor activity options available in Marion County.


Hiking in Marion County

Take advantage of Florida’s well-curated natural resources and experience nature up close and personal by exploring the county’s many walking, hiking and riding trails!

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 Marion County. Hit the trail and experience 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

Make a splash with your whole family by treating them to a fun-filled day of recreation on one of our beautiful lakes, springs and waterways. Here are some great places to enjoy Florida’s long, sunny, summer days:

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


Hunting in Marion County

Our expansive natural spaces offer up ample opportunity for individuals interested in exploring Florida’s natural forests, communing with nature and practicing shooting skills.

Ocala Public Shooting Range Ocala National Forest

Ocala National Forest Rental

Goethe Trailhead Campground

The links above represent just a small sampling of outdoor activities for you and your family to explore in the Ocala and Marion County areas. With so many exciting outdoor activity options available right in your backyard, there’s simply no excuse to stay inside!

For more ideas about outdoor experiences to enjoy, visit www.ocalamarion.com.