Ocklawaha River in Ocala National Forest

 

Gores Landing Unit Wildlife Management Area

 

Location and Hiking Trail Maps with Nature Viewing Information and Photos

Marion County

Fort McCoy, Florida

Entry Fee: None

Official Websites:

Traffic: Light

 

You might confuse Gores Landing Unit WMA with the park just a quarter mile up the road from it, Gores Landing. Gores Landing, the park, offers fishing, picnic area, and amenities for only $5 per car with an additional $5 for overnight camping.

 

The Wildlife Management Area discussed here is purely for fishing, hunting, and of course hiking. Parking and entry are free, and the map below will get you there.

 

Gores Landing Unit WMA is part of the Cross Florida Greenway (Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway if you want to get fancy, but that is a mouthful!) and you can find various parts of that here. I strongly recommend using that site to find parts of the greenway, as Google Maps can lead you all over and to useless locations. This portion, the Gores Landing Unit, seems a portion only I have stumbled across to map and is not even listed on the Greenway site.

 

But it's wonderful. These trails through Ocala National Forest consists partially of old roads such as Coyner Road seen on the sign below, but they are now closed to motor traffic. I'm not sure the trails/old roads are maintained, but they are clearer and easier to follow than most you can find and quite wide.

 

Starting at the main trail head, veer right at the first break you reach in a small clearing, and it will lead you to a very nice spot along the Ocklawaha River. I saw plenty of fish in summer and spring, and the view is beautiful with bird sightings year around. There and back will take you just under 3 miles, and there are other trails to follow.

 

Cross Florida Greenway at Gores Landing to Ocklawaha River Map - PDF map of trail hike

 

Interactive Map of Trail at AllTrails

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

Pay here, store and park entrance

Entrance from NE 98th Street just before Gore's Landing in Fort McCoy, Florida

 

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway sign

Trails at Gores Landing Unit WMA are part of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway

 

Coyner Road is part of the trail

Coyner Road: seen here, use of abandoned roads make for wide and clear hiking trails

 

Golden sunrise over pines

Sunrise over the pines

 

Trail bend through Ocala National Forest

Sunrise is beautiful here, but mosquitoes can get thick even in winter

 

Morning sunlight in forest

Sunburst captured by the mist in Ocala National Forest

 

Ocklawaha River

The trail spills suddenly upon the Ocklawaha River

 

Cypress and saw palmettos along Ocklawaha River

Plenty of fish here in spring and summer!

 

180-degree pan of the trail at sunrise

 

Listen for the woodpecker in Ocala National Forest

 

 

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Ocklawaha River in Ocala National Forest

Pay here, store and park entrance

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway sign

Coyner Road is part of the trail

Golden sunrise over pines

Trail bend through Ocala National Forest

Morning sunlight in forest

Ocklawaha River

Cypress and saw palmettos along Ocklawaha River

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Ocklawaha River in Ocala National Forest

Pay here, store and park entrance

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway sign

Coyner Road is part of the trail

Golden sunrise over pines

Trail bend through Ocala National Forest

Morning sunlight in forest

Ocklawaha River

Cypress and saw palmettos along Ocklawaha River

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Ocklawaha River in Ocala National Forest

Pay here, store and park entrance

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway sign

Coyner Road is part of the trail

Golden sunrise over pines

Trail bend through Ocala National Forest

Morning sunlight in forest

Ocklawaha River

Cypress and saw palmettos along Ocklawaha River

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Ocklawaha River in Ocala National Forest

Pay here, store and park entrance

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway sign

Coyner Road is part of the trail

Golden sunrise over pines

Trail bend through Ocala National Forest

Morning sunlight in forest

Ocklawaha River

Cypress and saw palmettos along Ocklawaha River

Bryan Lindenberger
Ocklawaha River in Ocala National Forest

Pay here, store and park entrance

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway sign

Coyner Road is part of the trail

Golden sunrise over pines

Trail bend through Ocala National Forest

Morning sunlight in forest

Ocklawaha River

Cypress and saw palmettos along Ocklawaha River

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Ocklawaha River in Ocala National Forest

Pay here, store and park entrance

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway sign

Coyner Road is part of the trail

Golden sunrise over pines

Trail bend through Ocala National Forest

Morning sunlight in forest

Ocklawaha River

Cypress and saw palmettos along Ocklawaha River

Bryan Lindenberger
Ocklawaha River in Ocala National Forest
Bryan Lindenberger
Ocklawaha River in Ocala National Forest

Pay here, store and park entrance

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway sign

Coyner Road is part of the trail

Golden sunrise over pines

Trail bend through Ocala National Forest

Morning sunlight in forest

Ocklawaha River

Cypress and saw palmettos along Ocklawaha River

Bryan Lindenberger
Ocklawaha River in Ocala National Forest

Pay here, store and park entrance

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway sign

Coyner Road is part of the trail

Golden sunrise over pines

Trail bend through Ocala National Forest

Morning sunlight in forest

Ocklawaha River

Cypress and saw palmettos along Ocklawaha River

Bryan Lindenberger
Ocklawaha River in Ocala National Forest

Pay here, store and park entrance

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway sign

Coyner Road is part of the trail

Golden sunrise over pines

Trail bend through Ocala National Forest

Morning sunlight in forest

Ocklawaha River

Cypress and saw palmettos along Ocklawaha River

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images