East vs. West: which is best? I hiked both as a loop, so here’s a rundown of how the two corridors of the Florida Trail compare through Central Florida – and a little trail history.
Florida Trail | Ocala West
Articles about and destinations along the Ocala West section of the Florida Trail, which connects the Cross Florida Greenway to the Ocala section in the Ocala National Forest as the northernmost part of the Western Corridor.
Between Eaton Creek and Salt Springs, this 12 mile segment of the Florida Trail in Ocala West is high and dry, showcasing the life cycle of the sand pine scrub ecosystem.
Established in 1908 as the first National Forest east of the Mississippi, the Ocala National Forest is a mecca for hikers as the birthplace of the Florida Trail.