Tag: Ocala

Alexander Springs in Ocala National Forest is a wide, slow-moving stream with extremely clear, clean water. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)
Central Florida, Kayak & Canoe

Ocala: Four great kayak or canoe rivers within 45 minutes

You can experience four outstanding Florida rivers in one trip if you base yourself in the Ocala area. In four days of paddling, you have a good chance to see wildlife — from manatees to American eagles to alligators and even monkeys. Three of the four rivers are aquarium-clear spring-fed streams. The fourth is a wild and peaceful place where you can escape the modern world.


Clear turquoise water along Silver River. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)
Camping, Central Florida, Kayak & Canoe, Lodging, Springs

Silver Springs State Park: Famous spring plus cabins, hiking, history

If you haven’t experienced Florida’s most famous spring, you’re missing one of the most beautiful spots in Florida. This weekend, Ocali Country Days, a special living-history festival, will re-create the Ocala of the 1800s. Year-round, this park has it all: kayaking, hiking, glass-bottom boat rides, horseback riding and terrific cabins.