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Wandering Wiregrass OHV Trail

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Other Names

Ocala National Forest, Lake George Ranger District

Last Known StatusOpen

This 17 mile trail loop winds through a longleaf pine forest. The trail mainly consists of sand with a few sections of hard pack but it is smooth and mostly flat. The area is open year-round but the most popular time to visit is during the fall and winter months.

The main staging area offers level parking and space for large trailers or RVs but there is no shade and canopies are permitted only in certain areas. This area is open for day use only and a trail pass is required to ride which can be purchased on site at the self pay kiosk.

Primitive camping options can be found at nearby Alexander Springs Recreation Area which also offers some hiking trails, canoe rentals, and year-round 72 degree swimming holes.

For campsites with full RV hookups you can try Nelson's Outdoor Resort.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesOHV Trail Pass
Dates Opendaily dawn-dusk
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Swamp Buggy
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
2 Cycle EnginesNo Restriction
Motocross Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 16 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingNo
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Rule Enforcement
CommentFlorida law requires OHVs to be titled when operating on public land. Proof of ownership is required when operating machines.
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TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail17
Climate TypeForest
Elevation75 to 120 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
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 almost all trees.All
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 some berms.Some
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 few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has some shaded areas.Some
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has no hazards.None
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has almost all beginner terrain.All
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has no intermediate level terrain.None
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest

GPS POINTS

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SW)Kangaroo Express (352) 669-1311
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SW)Kangaroo Express (352) 669-1311
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Nelson's Outdoor Resort (352) 821-3474
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Nelson's Outdoor Resort (352) 821-3474
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (NE)Alexander Springs Recreation Area (877) 444-6777
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (NE)Alexander Springs Recreation Area (877) 444-6777
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)Kangaroo Express (352) 669-1311

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
RidingYes ($10.00 per rider)
Three Day Pass - $10; Kids 15 and under - $5
Camping(None)
CommentAnnual OHV Trail Pass - $75/person

RATINGS

Proslarge and flat staging area, very scenic forest
Consday use only
Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityUmatilla, FL
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Umatilla, FL
1) Take SR-19 north about 7.5 miles
2) Turn right (east) on SR-445, continue about 2 miles
3) Trailhead is on the right (east).

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoOcala National Forest - Lake George Ranger District
17147 E. Hwy 40
Silver Springs, FL 34488
(352) 625-2520
mailroom_r8_florida@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Wandering Wiregrass OHV Trail

The main loop is flat and sandy.  It is an easy day ride with the gentle curves, so riders tend to go fast. Use some caution because the trail allows two-way traffic.

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Wandering Wiregrass OHV Trail

The trailhead is at the back of the parking area and has vault toilets, trash receptacles and a self pay service station.  Street vehicles are not permitted beyond this point.

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Wandering Wiregrass OHV Trail

There is a 5mph speed limit in the high traffic areas near the trailhead.

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Wandering Wiregrass OHV Trail

The trail is marked and is open to vehicles that are up to 50 inches wide.

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Wandering Wiregrass OHV Trail

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Wandering Wiregrass OHV Trail

The main staging area has a large flat parking area but no shade and no water.

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Wandering Wiregrass OHV Trail

These are the rules and regulations for the main parking and staging area.

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Wandering Wiregrass OHV Trail

This peewee track is located at the trailhead. It was overgrown from lack of use in the summer.

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This is another view of the trailhead. The staging area is a loop with two large lots.

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