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Big Scrub Recreation Area

Monday, August 13, 2018

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 access to the Ocala Adventure Trail, a 47-mile long twisty loop that winds through the largest sand scrub pine forest in the world. The terrain 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 onsite 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 recommended, especially during holiday weekends.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

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

RATINGS

Prostrail is nicely maintained, large campground with direct trail access
Consno full hookups, can get busy during winter months and holiday weekends
Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Approx Size25,600 acres (40 sq mi)
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 CountryProhibitedkeep on the trail
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/PeriodicOn-Site Office/Station
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.
CommentFlorida law requires OHVs to be titled when operating on public land. Proof of ownership is required when operating machines.

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
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 HookupOn Site
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn Site
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

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoOcala National Forest - Seminole Ranger District
40929 State Road 19
Umatilla, FL 32784
(352) 669-3153
mailroom_r8_florida@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact InfoRecreation.gov
(877) 444-6777
(352) 625-2520
www.recreation.gov
Commentcampground reservations

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Big Scrub Trail Photo

Big Scrub Recreation Area Trail

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

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Forest Service signage for campground entrance.

This is the entrance to Big Scrub Campground.

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Close up view of sandy ATV trail winding though saw palmetto and sand pine scrub.

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

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Two tents, ATVs and trucks parked on grassy campsite.

Big Scrub Campground is popular with both tents and RVs. Each site comes with a picnic table, fire ring and grassy parking. Photo Submitted 11/1/2011 (Thanks!)

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Signage for trailhead and information kiosk.

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

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View of campground with picnic tables, fire rings, trash receptacles and bathhouse.

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

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View of sandy ATV trail winding though palmetto bushes and pine trees.

This ATV trail takes riders through the largest sand scrub pine forest in the world.

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View of Blue Sink pond.

The staging area at Blue Sink has a nice pond for wading. Photo Submitted 03/30/2012 (Thanks!)

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Grassy campsite with picnic table and fire ring under mature oak tree.

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

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Water spigot surrounded by picnic tables and trash receptacles.

Several water spigots can be found throughout the campground. The water is potable, but should still be filtered by a Big Berkey or something similar.

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Signage for two-way traffic on the trail.

Keep speeds at a reasonable level - trails are open to two-way traffic.

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Close up photo of ATV trail winding though various scrub brush and pine trees.

The trail is long and sandy and is best explored on an ATV or side by side.

Big Scrub Trail Photo

Sandy ATV trail winding though palmetto bushes and pine trees.

The trails wind through some unique vegetation that is found nowhere else in the world. Bring the camera!

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Sandy ATV trail winding though various scrub brush and pine trees.

The trail is deep and sandy. ATVs and UTVs will have a good time here.

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ATV trail surrounded by various scrub brush and pine trees.

The trail is mostly flat but has some twisty sections.

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Brown carsonite trail posts.

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

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Forest Service signage for vehicle restrictions on main entrance road.

Only street legal vehicles are permitted on the main entrance road.

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Self pay fee station stocked with permits and paper trail maps.

This is the self service fee station at the trailhead.

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Fee signage for day use permit.

This is the current fee to ride as of 2014. Bring cash (exact change) or checkbook.

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Map of Big Scrub trail system.

The informational kiosk has a map of the area. As you can see, the trail forms a long loop around the Pinecastle Naval Range.

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Large bathhouse with flush toilets and hot showers.

The bathhouses have flush toilets and showers.

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Blue Sink pond at Big Scrub.

Antother view of the pond at Blue Sink Staging Area. A small sandy beach can be seen, perfect for wading or having a picnic after riding. Photo Submitted 03/30/2012 (Thanks!)

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Campsite with picnic tables and fire ring next to mature oak tree.

Another view of the campground. If you get here during the off season, you can have your pick of sites. During three day weekends, the place is usually packed.

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Campsite with picnc tables and fire ring.

Big Scrub Campground has 62 sites, each with a picnic table and fire ring.

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Campsite with picnic table and fire ring surrounded by wooden fencing.

Each campsite comes with a picnic table and fire ring.

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View of main entrance road that leads toward campground.

This is the main entrance road leading towards the campground. Flat and wide, even large RVs can make the trip.

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