Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area Near Ocala

 

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area

 

Location and Hiking Trail Maps with Nature Viewing Information and Photos

Marion County

Near Ocala, Florida

Entry Fee: None

Traffic: Light

 

I met a friendly guy from St. Johns River Water Management District on the trail who said this land who said that SJRWMD was working to slow the flow of water from Sawmill Creek into the Silver River. The idea is to keep the river clearer while also preserving water to (potentially) pump back into a local, Marion County aquifer.

 

He also said this land was recently owned by Rayonier, a timber company. This would account for the hard roads, and with miles of trails this is a place you might rather bike than hike. In fact, following the White Blaze Loop, I was struck by how searing white the trail appeared in the sun.

 

I have also mapped below the Red Blaze Trail Loop - over 11 miles starting at a white blaze entrance with way points marked at AllTrails.

 

Entrance is easy with plenty of parking either from either County Road 315 or from 326, and while the White Blaze Loop offers 6 miles of great hiking or biking from either end of the conservation area, there are many miles left to see.

 

In early morning hours I have spotted many deer and also a boar, so use sensible caution. The trails are ideal for either hiking or off-road biking. I did both and could hardly believe I was the only person there on a Sunday. If you want a great outdoor opportunity not far from town, this is ideal.

 

While banana spiders are the bane of Florida hikers at most stops, here the Orb Spider (Arrowhead variety, Verrucosa arenata - picture below) is what might hang its web across a narrow trail.

 

Silver Spring Forest White Blaze Trail Map

Silver Spring Forest Conservation Area White Blaze Loop Trail Map - PDF map of hiking trail (White Blaze Loop)

 

Interactive Map of Trail at AllTrails - Web and Mobile App

 

Silver Spring Forest Red Blaze Loop Trail Map

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area Red Blaze Loop Trail Map - PDF map of hiking trial (Red Blaze Loop)

 

Interactive Map of Trail at AllTrails - Web and Mobile App

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area at FL 326 entrance

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area main entrance and parking at FL 326 entrance, where the map below takes you. There is a rear entrance on Florida 315 as well, 29.229056, -82.010071

 

Golden Sunrise in Florida, Silver Springs Conservation Area

Golden Sunrise in Florida, Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala

 

Young pines at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

An abundance of palms and pines

 

Morning mist at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Spanish moss dangles from an arch of trees along the trail

 

Biking and hiking near Ocala, Florida

Trails are great for biking though some get thick with grass

 

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Into the mist at Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area

 

Female Arrowhead Orb-Weaver Spider

Female Arrowhead Orb Weaver Spider distinguished by colorful triangle on abdomen

 

Sabatia grandiflora - Largeflower Rosegentium in central Florida distinguished by 5 pink petals and yellow center with jagged, red outline

Sabatia grandiflora - Largeflower Rosegentium is a wildflower in central Florida distinguished by 5 pink petals and yellow center with jagged, red outline here blooming in June

 

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii

 

 

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Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area Near Ocala

Silver Spring Forest White Blaze Trail Map

Silver Spring Forest Red Blaze Loop Trail Map

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area at FL 326 entrance

Golden Sunrise in Florida, Silver Springs Conservation Area

Young pines at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Morning mist at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Biking and hiking near Ocala, Florida

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Female Arrowhead Orb-Weaver Spider

Sabatia grandiflora - Largeflower Rosegentium in central Florida distinguished by 5 pink petals and yellow center with jagged, red outline

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area Near Ocala

Silver Spring Forest White Blaze Trail Map

Silver Spring Forest Red Blaze Loop Trail Map

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area at FL 326 entrance

Golden Sunrise in Florida, Silver Springs Conservation Area

Young pines at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Morning mist at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Biking and hiking near Ocala, Florida

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Female Arrowhead Orb-Weaver Spider

Sabatia grandiflora - Largeflower Rosegentium in central Florida distinguished by 5 pink petals and yellow center with jagged, red outline

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area Near Ocala

Silver Spring Forest White Blaze Trail Map

Silver Spring Forest Red Blaze Loop Trail Map

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area at FL 326 entrance

Golden Sunrise in Florida, Silver Springs Conservation Area

Young pines at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Morning mist at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Biking and hiking near Ocala, Florida

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Female Arrowhead Orb-Weaver Spider

Sabatia grandiflora - Largeflower Rosegentium in central Florida distinguished by 5 pink petals and yellow center with jagged, red outline

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area Near Ocala

Silver Spring Forest White Blaze Trail Map

Silver Spring Forest Red Blaze Loop Trail Map

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area at FL 326 entrance

Golden Sunrise in Florida, Silver Springs Conservation Area

Young pines at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Morning mist at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Biking and hiking near Ocala, Florida

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Female Arrowhead Orb-Weaver Spider

Sabatia grandiflora - Largeflower Rosegentium in central Florida distinguished by 5 pink petals and yellow center with jagged, red outline

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii

Bryan Lindenberger
Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area Near Ocala

Silver Spring Forest White Blaze Trail Map

Silver Spring Forest Red Blaze Loop Trail Map

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area at FL 326 entrance

Golden Sunrise in Florida, Silver Springs Conservation Area

Young pines at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Morning mist at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Biking and hiking near Ocala, Florida

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Female Arrowhead Orb-Weaver Spider

Sabatia grandiflora - Largeflower Rosegentium in central Florida distinguished by 5 pink petals and yellow center with jagged, red outline

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area Near Ocala

Silver Spring Forest White Blaze Trail Map

Silver Spring Forest Red Blaze Loop Trail Map

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area at FL 326 entrance

Golden Sunrise in Florida, Silver Springs Conservation Area

Young pines at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Morning mist at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Biking and hiking near Ocala, Florida

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Female Arrowhead Orb-Weaver Spider

Sabatia grandiflora - Largeflower Rosegentium in central Florida distinguished by 5 pink petals and yellow center with jagged, red outline

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii

Bryan Lindenberger
Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area Near Ocala
Bryan Lindenberger
Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area Near Ocala

Silver Spring Forest White Blaze Trail Map

Silver Spring Forest Red Blaze Loop Trail Map

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area at FL 326 entrance

Golden Sunrise in Florida, Silver Springs Conservation Area

Young pines at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Morning mist at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Biking and hiking near Ocala, Florida

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Female Arrowhead Orb-Weaver Spider

Sabatia grandiflora - Largeflower Rosegentium in central Florida distinguished by 5 pink petals and yellow center with jagged, red outline

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii

Bryan Lindenberger
Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area Near Ocala

Silver Spring Forest White Blaze Trail Map

Silver Spring Forest Red Blaze Loop Trail Map

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area at FL 326 entrance

Golden Sunrise in Florida, Silver Springs Conservation Area

Young pines at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Morning mist at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Biking and hiking near Ocala, Florida

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Female Arrowhead Orb-Weaver Spider

Sabatia grandiflora - Largeflower Rosegentium in central Florida distinguished by 5 pink petals and yellow center with jagged, red outline

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii

Bryan Lindenberger
Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area Near Ocala

Silver Spring Forest White Blaze Trail Map

Silver Spring Forest Red Blaze Loop Trail Map

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area at FL 326 entrance

Golden Sunrise in Florida, Silver Springs Conservation Area

Young pines at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Morning mist at Silver Springs Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Biking and hiking near Ocala, Florida

Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area near Ocala, Florida

Female Arrowhead Orb-Weaver Spider

Sabatia grandiflora - Largeflower Rosegentium in central Florida distinguished by 5 pink petals and yellow center with jagged, red outline

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images