Big Scrub: From intersection
of SR 40 and SR 19, go west on SR 40 approximately 8 miles, turn
south on FR 588, go south approximately 8 miles to FR 573 (campground
is on right). You also can access FR 573 from SR 19 or FR 588 from
Lake Delancy: From intersection of SR 40 and SR
19, go north on SR 19 to Salt Springs. Continue north on SR 19
approximately 5 miles,
turn west on FR 75, go west approximately 3 miles (campground is
on left). The campground to the west is for OHV use (the first
campground you see does not allow OHVs).
Ocala National Forest
Some areas of the Ocala National Forest are open to off-road vehicles.
This is one of the best motorcycle / ATV areas in Florida with many miles
of trails within the areas designated for OHV use. The two most popular
trailheads are located at Big Scrub (intersection of Forest Roads 588 & 573
in the Seminole Ranger District) and Lake Delancy (3 miles west of State
Road 19 on Forest Road 75 in the Lake George Ranger District).
Forest Service — a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture — controls
activities within the forest. The USFS limits riding to certain
areas, and they do enforce rules within those areas. The rules are
under revision, and some areas are subject to temporary or administrative
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- Unlicensed Vehicles are
not permitted on improved roads.
- A spark arrestor and a quiet muffler are required on all motorcycles
- Some areas are off-limits in order to protect sensitive areas and
endangered species. Information on which areas are off-limits can be
obtained from the two Ranger District Offices and the three Visitor
Centers. The USFS will gladly give you a map showing these areas.
- It is illegal to operate an unlicensed (not street legal) vehicle
on any of the numbered forest roads. This is strictly enforced.
- A day use / parking fee is charged.
- Download a brochure with map here
- For more information go to the USFS website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/florida/.
Trails go out in many directions from each trailhead. Take a compass
and a map with you. The area is very large and it is easy to get lost.