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Sign to parking at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

 

Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area: Information, Photos, Hiking Trail and Location Maps

Marion County

Ocala, Florida

Entry Fee: None

Official Website

Traffic: Light

 

A Morning of Wandering.

 

A large area of over 6200 acres, I added the parking area to the map to help get you there. From 314A (SE 160th Ave in Ocala, Florida) it's just 7/10 of a mile down SE 137th Avenue Road to see the sign, and there is plenty of room to park your car or horse trailer. In fact, this seems a popular destination for horseback riding in Ocala.

 

The trail biking is also very good, with woods and small hills leading to Old Celery Farm Road, the bulk of Levee Trail. This trail road offers hard earth, no motor vehicle access, and great views of the Ocklawaha prairie. No doubt, the Saint Johns River Management District is doing good work here, restoring wetlands to a previous state.

 

I just can't recommend it for a hike, unless you are already in the neighborhood. I enjoyed my 6 miles, heard plenty of sandhill cranes in February, and a bridge over the Kyle Young Canal (mislabeled on Google Maps as the Ocklawaha River) leading to a view of the prairie are high points. But the trails seem to lead aimlessly without destination, and tend to just end either at a neighborhood, private property, or nowhere at all.

 

These aren't complaints. The restoration efforts serve bigger purposes. There are just more interesting place nearby to hike.

 

Bring your off-road bike or a horse, and have an enjoyable ride!

 

Ocklawaha Restoration Area Trail Map

Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area Trail Map - PDF of recorded hike

 

Interactive Map of trail at AllTrails Web and Mobile App

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

Equestrian trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Ocala

Equestrian trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Ocala

 

Live Oak in Ocala

An abundance of live oak

 

Ilex verticulata - Winterberry
Ilex verticulata - Winterberry - red berry bush in Florida winter

 

Downy Ragged Goldenrod - Solidago petiolaris

Downy Ragged Goldenrod - Solidago petiolaris - yellow wildflower or weed with yellow flowers

 

Mislabeled on Google Maps as the Ocklawaha River, the trail leads over the Kyle Young Canal

Mislabeled on Google Maps as the Ocklawaha River, the trail leads over the Kyle Young Canal

 

Walking Bridege over the Kyle Young Canal at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Walking Bridege over the Kyle Young Canal at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

 

Observation Deck at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Observation Deck at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area just beyond the canal and along Old Celery Farm Road

 

Trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area - great for biking and horseback

 

Ocklawaha Prairie along Old Celery Farm Road - Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

 

 

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Sign to parking at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Ocklawaha Restoration Area Trail Map

Equestrian trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Ocala

Live Oak in Ocala

Ilex verticulata - Winterberry

Downy Ragged Goldenrod - Solidago petiolaris

Mislabeled on Google Maps as the Ocklawaha River, the trail leads over the Kyle Young Canal

Walking Bridege over the Kyle Young Canal at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Observation Deck at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Sign to parking at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Ocklawaha Restoration Area Trail Map

Equestrian trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Ocala

Live Oak in Ocala

Ilex verticulata - Winterberry

Downy Ragged Goldenrod - Solidago petiolaris

Mislabeled on Google Maps as the Ocklawaha River, the trail leads over the Kyle Young Canal

Walking Bridege over the Kyle Young Canal at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Observation Deck at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Sign to parking at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Ocklawaha Restoration Area Trail Map

Equestrian trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Ocala

Live Oak in Ocala

Ilex verticulata - Winterberry

Downy Ragged Goldenrod - Solidago petiolaris

Mislabeled on Google Maps as the Ocklawaha River, the trail leads over the Kyle Young Canal

Walking Bridege over the Kyle Young Canal at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Observation Deck at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Sign to parking at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Ocklawaha Restoration Area Trail Map

Equestrian trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Ocala

Live Oak in Ocala

Ilex verticulata - Winterberry

Downy Ragged Goldenrod - Solidago petiolaris

Mislabeled on Google Maps as the Ocklawaha River, the trail leads over the Kyle Young Canal

Walking Bridege over the Kyle Young Canal at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Observation Deck at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Bryan Lindenberger
Sign to parking at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Ocklawaha Restoration Area Trail Map

Equestrian trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Ocala

Live Oak in Ocala

Ilex verticulata - Winterberry

Downy Ragged Goldenrod - Solidago petiolaris

Mislabeled on Google Maps as the Ocklawaha River, the trail leads over the Kyle Young Canal

Walking Bridege over the Kyle Young Canal at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Observation Deck at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Sign to parking at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Ocklawaha Restoration Area Trail Map

Equestrian trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Ocala

Live Oak in Ocala

Ilex verticulata - Winterberry

Downy Ragged Goldenrod - Solidago petiolaris

Mislabeled on Google Maps as the Ocklawaha River, the trail leads over the Kyle Young Canal

Walking Bridege over the Kyle Young Canal at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Observation Deck at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Bryan Lindenberger
Sign to parking at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area
Bryan Lindenberger
Sign to parking at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Ocklawaha Restoration Area Trail Map

Equestrian trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Ocala

Live Oak in Ocala

Ilex verticulata - Winterberry

Downy Ragged Goldenrod - Solidago petiolaris

Mislabeled on Google Maps as the Ocklawaha River, the trail leads over the Kyle Young Canal

Walking Bridege over the Kyle Young Canal at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Observation Deck at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Bryan Lindenberger
Sign to parking at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Ocklawaha Restoration Area Trail Map

Equestrian trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Ocala

Live Oak in Ocala

Ilex verticulata - Winterberry

Downy Ragged Goldenrod - Solidago petiolaris

Mislabeled on Google Maps as the Ocklawaha River, the trail leads over the Kyle Young Canal

Walking Bridege over the Kyle Young Canal at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Observation Deck at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Bryan Lindenberger
Sign to parking at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Ocklawaha Restoration Area Trail Map

Equestrian trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Ocala

Live Oak in Ocala

Ilex verticulata - Winterberry

Downy Ragged Goldenrod - Solidago petiolaris

Mislabeled on Google Maps as the Ocklawaha River, the trail leads over the Kyle Young Canal

Walking Bridege over the Kyle Young Canal at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Observation Deck at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Trail at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images