Exploring Salt Springs
With fish camps on Lake Kerr, campgrounds, and cabins for rent, Salt Springs is a great destination from which to base explorations in the Ocala National Forest. There are many nearby trails and waterways, including the Ocklawaha River and the St. Johns River. A small marina provides a launch point into Salt Springs Run. Based around its namesake spring, Salt Springs Recreation Area draws many visitors for swimming, paddling, and camping.
Right in the community, trailheads provide direct access to both an extensive system of ATV trails and to the Florida Trail, which circles around Salt Springs to the south and west. A ride through the forest to the historic Fort Gates Ferry connects you with Bartram Trail sites in Welaka, on the opposite side of the St. Johns River.
Fall is a fabulous time for hiking in Florida, but you need to be aware that you may be sharing the trails with hunters, too. Here’s how to find out where, and where you can go where hunting is not permitted.
Bear bagging is the art of hanging your food properly out of reach of bears. If you’re a Florida backpacker and haven’t learned how, here’s a short course. Securing your food from bears is required in the Ocala, Osceola, and Apalachicola National Forests.