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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 SR 42.

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).

The U.S. 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 closure. Contact the USFS before you ride. Click for contact info >>

  • Unlicensed Vehicles are not permitted on improved roads.
  • A spark arrestor and a quiet muffler are required on all motorcycles and ATVs.
  • 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 (PDF file).
  • 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.


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