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Big Scrub Recreation Area

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Alt Names Big Scrub Trails, The Big Scrub, Ocala Adventure Trail, Blue Sink OHV Corral, Ocala National Forest, Farles Prairie, Centennial Trail
Last Known Status Open
DESCRIPTION

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 City Umatilla, FL
Address 11990 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
Area Trail
Land National Forest
QUALITY
Pros trail is nicely maintained, large campground with direct trail access
Cons no full hookups, can get busy during winter months and holiday weekends
Rating Rating    Very Good    
Recommended Stay 1-2 Days
TERRAIN
Miles Of Trail 47
Climate Type Forest
Elevation 100 to 150 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard Pack The trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
Sand This trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
Mud The trail has no mud after it rains.None
Dust The trail has little dust on typical days.Little
Rocks This trail has no rocks.None
Trees The trail has many trees.Many
Steep Hills This trail has no steep hills.None
Water Crossings The trail has no water crossings.None
Small Jumps This trail has no small jumps.None
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel Pits This national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This national forest has no single track trails.None
Roads This national forest has no roads.None
Intersections This trail has some intersections.Some
Rider Traffic The national forest has many rider traffic on typical days.Many very popular during holiday weekends
Shade This national forest has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/Gunfire This national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has no expert terrain.None
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes OHV Trail Pass
Dates Open Daily Year-Round
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width Yes (65 inches) has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted (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 Required Youth Only required for persons under 16 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Bicycles No Restriction Not Recommended
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback Some Areas
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping Some Areas (camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires Some Areas (permitted in developed campsites only)
Night Riding No
Cross Country Prohibited stay on trail
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement Few/Periodic On-Site Office/Station
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.
Comment Florida law requires OHVs to be titled when operating on public land. Proof of ownership is required when operating machines.
FEES
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding Yes ($10.00 per rider)
Three Day Pass - $10; Kids 15 and under - $5
Camping Yes
Tent: $12.00
RV: $12.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Big Scrub Campground Fee
Comment Annual OHV Pass - $75/person
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 30+ Miles (SW) The Villages Regional Hospital (352) 751-8000
Gasoline Gasoline 20-30 Miles (SE) Kangaroo Express (352) 669-3233
Diesel Diesel 20-30 Miles (SE) Kangaroo Express (352) 669-3233
Potable Water Water On Site
RV Hookups RV Hookup 5-20 Miles (SW) Nelson's Outdoor Resort (352) 821-3474
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 5-20 Miles (SW) Nelson's Outdoor Resort (352) 821-3474
Primitive Camping Campground On Site Big Scrub Campground (352) 625-2520
Convenience Store Conv Store 20-30 Miles (SE) Kangaroo Express (352) 669-3233
Swimming Swim Area 5-20 Miles (E) Alexander Springs Recreation Area (352) 669-3522
Body of Water Water Body 1-5 Miles (W) Long Pond
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 5-20 Miles (SW) Nelson's Outdoor Resort (352) 821-3474
CONTACTS
Contact Info Ocala National Forest - Seminole Ranger District
40929 State Road 19
Umatilla, FL 32784
(352) 669-3153
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact Info Recreation.gov
(877) 444-6777
(352) 625-2520
www.recreation.gov
Comment Big Scrub Campground Reservations
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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 summer but picks up during the fall and winter months, especially for Thanksgiving weekend. Reservations are recommended.
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Scenic view of 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 at 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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