Located in Florida, the hiking in Ocala is known for five fun and beautiful hiking routes. The best Ocala hiking based on popularity are considered to be Florida Trail, Ocala - Florida Trail, Paisley Woods Trail, Apex / Tidewater Trails, and Black Prong Trails. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Ocala hiking trail below.
East of Ocala, this 67-mile section of the 1,300-mile Florida National Scenic Trail system is a subtropical showcase of hardwood hammocks, cypress swamps, and cabbage-palm thickets that can be hiked in four to five days. In the stretch through the Ocala National Forest, you may encounter both alligators and black bears so keep alert.
Southeast of Ocala and west of Pasiley, the Paisley Woods Trail is a 22 mile loop through sandy pine forest past live oak domes and grassy prairies. This yellow-blazed route passes through deer and bear habitat. While popular with hikers, it is predominantly used by mountain bikers.
Southwest of Ocala near Dunnellon in the Goethe State Forest, the Black Prong Trails are open to hiking. This extensive old-growth forest has one of the largest red-cockaded woodpecker populations on state lands in Florida.