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Any Tips for Ocala and my 2wd Jeep?

Doing a little camping this weekend. Besides staying away from mud puddles and wet grass, you guys have any tips for driving Ocala National Forest in 2WD? Any of the trails I should avoid? The game plan is to stick to the ORV trails and just cruise around for a few hours.


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If ya find out anything post up here,I have wanted to do those trails forever.

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careful of the sugar sand but all other trail hazard I do in 2wd all the time

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PS took tinker rubi there and did it in 2wd stock tires
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The only trail that comes to mind that I would avoid is just past Juniper Springs. It goes South to the Bombing Range. That one has some pretty deep sand. Other than that, you should be fine.....might have to air down if you get in a bad spot.

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careful of the sugar sand but all other trail hazard I do in 2wd all the time

Lifted Locked Armored on 37's
I live I ride I go over shit
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PS took tinker rubi there and did it in 2wd stock tires
Nice. Thanks for the info. First time ever wheeling with the Jeep. Anyone have basic ORV tips.

On a side note: Is airing down a good idea for these trails?

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The only trail that comes to mind that I would avoid is just past Juniper Springs. It goes South to the Bombing Range. That one has some pretty deep sand. Other than that, you should be fine.....might have to air down if you get in a bad spot.
Cheers bud. I'll take a look at the map and see which one it is.

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If ya find out anything post up here,I have wanted to do those trails forever.
I'm going to take a crap load of pictures. I'll try to do some kind of report on here. I know a lot of people have driven these trails so hopefully more will chime in.


Is anyone else going this Saturday?

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2wd is fine. Be cautious in the sugar sand, but I tried, and COULD NOT get stuck...

If you have a 2nd Jeep, take a strap, and you'll be fine as long as one waits for the other.

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2wd is fine. Be cautious in the sugar sand, but I tried, and COULD NOT get stuck...

If you have a 2nd Jeep, take a strap, and you'll be fine as long as one waits for the other.
Going at it solo. I have a winch if that'll help me at all.

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Do I have to stop at the ORV building or can I just get up and go drive around the trails?

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No need to stop in anywhere. Just be sure to stay on open trails. Some are seasonal only while some ATV only trails are not clearly marked.

This MVU map is a great way to stay out of trouble with the rangers.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...rdb5238821.pdf

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I would air down to maybe 15-20lbs

I love Ocala and definitely need to get down there again. I can still hear the banjos playing

Have fun out there Josh.


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Most of the roads are hard pack, while some trails are soft sand, nothing to worry about, just switch off the traction control.

All legal trails have a brown sign, must stay on numbered roads and /or marked jeep trails

There's no shortage of trees to winch off of if needed

Off 14 (old 473) there's doe lake and lake catherine to cool off in if needed

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This is a great place to go swimming. Blue Sink. It's on the Jeep trail too..

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=29.060...,0.052314&z=15




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This is a great place to go swimming. Blue Sink. It's on the Jeep trail too..

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=29.060...,0.052314&z=15
Wheres a good place to start or pick up the jeep trail at. I have a map that i can mark up a d follow. So feel free to list trails and/or road numbers.

Thanks for all the help so far. Great info. Keep it coming.

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I forget which road # that is - but it IS the jeep trail. Should be marked accordingly.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=29.050...,0.104628&z=14

Shouldnt be hard to find. If you are approaching it from Highway 19, it will be the first 4 way intersection on the powerline road (FR 14).



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Another sink that is RIGHT off the road. Again, clear, beautiful water and it's easy to get to. Easier than Blue Sink (but less secluded - oddly enough though - less crowded). It's in the north part of the forest - at Hopkins Prarie Campground entrance.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=29.269...,0.026157&z=16



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we're going riding in the ONF Sunday and stopping at Blue Sink to go swimming. Maybe we'll see you along the way

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Rescue green 4door with roof rack. You might catch me leaving. To bad your not going saturday.

I dont know who jake is but that sucks that he's gay. Boobs are the greatest invention ive come acrossed. Then again guys with bitch tits are becoming more common. But do gay guys like bitch tits? hmmm. To each is their own. Or something like that.

Going the free route and pitching a couple tents off any random road. The question is.
Is there a good section of pine forest any where in onf that has good camping spots. Last time we camped over night off of 33 and 46 i believe. But any where else with some good camping areas you guys know of?

Edit: Are you talking about Jake with the Black Hemi Unlimited...I don't think I got to meet some of you guys while I was at the Lacey Pate Poker Run. Just curious. A little off topic. Thanks for the map. I'll mark it on my ONF map.

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Decided to camp in the same spot since we got there a little late Friday night. Overall we had fun. It was not fun to free spool my winch line completely out, to do my first dry run, and find out the winch doesn't work. What a rookie mistake. Couldn't figured it out so detached the line and threw it in the back of the Jeep. Then fried the solenoid, poof up in smoke, rookie mistake number 2. But there was no rookie mistake number 3 to follow.

We drove around for a couple of hours. The only bad section, was after getting on trail 09, we took an immediate right and cut straight across to trail 05. That was all soft sand and loads of fun. Almost got stock once or twice but just kept on the gas. Then drove completely around the bombing range and headed back.

I see a bright future in Jeeping. We had a great time. I'll post a few picture soon.

Thanks for all the help everyone

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