Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Salt Springs Recreation Area–Ocala National Forest

I think the thing that stood out most about this campsite (at first anyway) was the price.  At about $30 per night I really would have expected the campground to offer something more than a bath house and basic hook ups.  We still had a good time though.

Praying Mantis-1
This guy shared out campsite with us

Our campsite-2We’ve been wanting to visit Ocala National Forest for awhile now, and this time of year the weather is perfect.  All of the reserved sites were booked, but they have a lot of sites set aside for walk-up visitors.  The campsites with hookups are in an open area; while there’s not a lot of shade, it is open enough for a nice breeze.  Also, across the street is a little shopping area called “Salt Springs Square” – the restaurant at the south end serves a great hamburger and fries.

While we were here we took a drive around the area to see if there was any cell service at all.  With T-Mobile we had no reception at all, but I’m glad we made the trip just for some of the photo opportunities. 

Old Firetruck-1
Old Firetruck by the Road

Interesting house-2
Part House – Part Museum

Tina by VFW missileOne surprise find was a missile displayed outside of a local VFW.  We had to stop and spend some time looking at this unusual find.  We even crawled under it to confirm that it was a real missile and not just a mock up.

Inside missile
View from under missile

Of course we did a little hiking while we were there.  There are some really nice trails to visit, and I’m sure we’ll be back to Ocala but I don’t know if we’ll stay at this campground again.  It might be worthwhile to take a look at some of the others.

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Website
Fee
Reservations
Electricity
Water
Shower / Bathhouse
Internet Access
Lat, Long

$29 per night
Yes, and lots of walkup sites
15/30/50 Amp Service
Yes
Yes
Only at ranger station
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Of course, no description of this area would be complete without a few photos of the spring!

Main entrance view Small Island-2 Underwater-2
Underwater-1 Underwater-10 Underwater-12
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