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    Ocala National Forest Road Cycling

    Hi everyone. I will be spending next winter in the Ocala Natl Forest area in Silver Springs. How is the road cycling in that area? Any local cycling clubs that frequent that area? Any and all info would be appreciated. Thanks

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    Ocala Bicycle Center has road rides every week as do some of the other bike shops. Check with Dan or Carrie at Ocala Bicycle Center and they can give you days and times. Gainesville Cycling Club has rides north of Ocala in the horse farm areas near Flemington. Great riding - low traffic roads and great scenery. My favorite area to ride. Check them out on Facebook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lookinUp View Post
    Check them out on Facebook.

    Will do and thank you

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    I've done an annual September vacation at Silver River State Park for the last 5 or 6 years and did some solo riding east into the Ocala Nat Forest. I planned out my routes in Mapmyrides and used Google street view to check out the roads. Except for the main east west state road, SR40, most of the other streets are typical quiet country lanes. Even SR40 has a decent OL and I used it. Drivers were respectful for the most part. The really great thing about the area is riding in the hot FL summer to one of the springs in the area for a cool dip. Juniper Springs is my favorite one.

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    I agree with bike crate. It's been a while since I rode in that area but it's all pretty good.

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    SR40 east out of Silver Springs has a bit of traffic, but nice,wide shoulders and good riding.
    If you head east to SR19, more of the same.
    About 15 miles or so ease of SS is Forest Road 11, which cuts north thru the forest to SR314 which heads to Sale Springs, or back west to SR40 at Forest Corners.
    I relocated from Astor, about 30 miles east of SS on SR40. There are nice roads out there as well.
    CR455A goes past Alexander Springs thru the woods (which abound in the area.)
    Check out some of my routes on MapMyRide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronno6 View Post
    Check out some of my routes on MapMyRide.
    Have fun!!
    will do Ronno! I have never been so excited for winter to get here. The campsite I have reserved for the winter backs right up to Silver Springs/Ocklawaha River so I am planning on checking out the natural beauty of the water way for sure.

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    The Oklawaha presents a natural barrier with few bridges across it.
    So, once you are east of it, you stay east of it unless you go pretty far north or south.
    I am not familiar with much west of it, but my riding was all east of it. That's where the National Forrest is.
    But, the whole area is beautiful, so, enjoy!
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