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Big Scrub Recreation Area

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Alt Names

Big Scrub Trails, The Big Scrub, Ocala Adventure Trail, Blue Sink OHV Corral, Ocala National Forest, Farles Prairie, Centennial Trail

Last Known StatusOpen

This popular area offers a large campground and several day use areas that provide direct trail access to the Ocala Adventure Trail, a 47 mile long trail loop that winds through the largest sand scrub pine forest in the world. The trail is mostly sandy and flat but has nice flow and some fun berms.

The main entrance road is long and dusty but flat. A trail pass is required to ride which can be purchased at the self pay kiosk and is good for three consecutive days.

Day use parking can be found at Blue Sink, Farles Prairie and Big Scrub Campground. The campground offers 62 sites, each with a picnic table and fire ring. Two large bathhouses are available that have flush toilets and hot showers.

There are no hookups but a few water spigots are scattered throughout the campground. Reservations are not required but are recommended especially during holiday weekends which can be made online or by calling (877) 444-6777.

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LOCATION

Nearest CityUmatilla, FL
Address11990 SW National Forest Road 588, Umatilla, FL 32784
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From: Ocala, FL
1) Take SR-40 east 20 miles
2) Turn right (south) on CR-314A, continue 9.6 miles
3) Turn right (south) on SE 182nd Avenue, continue 3.6 miles
4) Turn left (east) on SE 127th Street, continue 5.1 miles
5) Campground is on the left (north).

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandNational Forest

QUALITY

Prostrail is nicely maintained, large campground with direct trail access
Consno full hookups, can get busy during winter months and holiday weekends
RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days

TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail47
Climate TypeForest
Elevation100 to 150 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has no rocks.None
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has many rider traffic on typical days.Manyvery popular during holiday weekends
ShadeThis national forest has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesOHV Trail Pass
Dates OpenDaily Year-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (65 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 65 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Swamp Buggy
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 16 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackSome Areas
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingNo
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trail
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/PeriodicOn-Site Office/Station
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.
CommentFlorida law requires OHVs to be titled when operating on public land. Proof of ownership is required when operating machines.

FEES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingYes ($10.00 per rider)
Three Day Pass - $10; Kids 15 and under - $5
CampingYes
Tent: $12.00
RV: $12.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Big Scrub Campground Fee
CommentAnnual OHV Trail Pass - $75/person

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (SW)The Villages Regional Hospital (352) 751-8000
Gasoline Gasoline20-30 Miles (SE)Kangaroo Express (352) 669-3233
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (SE)Kangaroo Express (352) 669-3233
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Nelson's Outdoor Resort (352) 821-3474
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Nelson's Outdoor Resort (352) 821-3474
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteBig Scrub Campground (352) 625-2520
Convenience Store Conv Store20-30 Miles (SE)Kangaroo Express (352) 669-3233
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (E)Alexander Springs Recreation Area (352) 669-3522
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (W)Long Pond
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (SW)Nelson's Outdoor Resort (352) 821-3474

CONTACTS

Contact InfoOcala National Forest - Seminole Ranger District
40929 State Road 19
Umatilla, FL 32784
(352) 669-3153
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact InfoRecreation.gov
(877) 444-6777
(352) 625-2520
www.recreation.gov
CommentBig Scrub Campground Reservations

COMMENTS

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The trail is mostly sandy and smooth with gradual elevation changes. Two-way traffic is allowed but there is a 20mph speed limit that is enforced.

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This is the entrance to Big Scrub Campground.

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The trail forms a long loop that connects to several day use areas.

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The trailhead is located at the campground entrance. The kiosk has a self pay service area and trail maps.

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The campground is usually empty during the summer but picks up during the fall and winter months, especially for Thanksgiving weekend. Reservations are recommended.

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Scenery at Big Scrub Recreation Area Trail

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One of the handful of shady sites at Big Scrub Campground.

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Several water spigots can be found throughout the campground.

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The trail is marked with brown carsonite posts and is open to vehicles that are up to 65 inches wide.

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This is the self service fee station at the trailhead.

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This is the current fee to ride as of 2014.

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The bathhouses have flush toilets and showers.

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Scenic view of Big Scrub Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 03/30/2012 (Thanks!)

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Each campsite comes with a picnic table and fire ring.

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This is the main entrance road leading towards the campground.

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