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Peaceful Boondocking in the Ocala National Forest

| Updated Jun 16, 2023

Who says you can't go boondocking in Florida?

The Ocala National Forest covers almost 700 square miles in the center of the Florida peninsula. It has 600 lakes, rivers, and springs amidst the primarily sand pine and scrub forest.

It has 14 developed campgrounds, only one though has hookups. But for boondocking, most of the more than 400,000 acres are available for dispersed camping. A network of crisscrossing forest roads makes it easy to find a wilderness campsite far off the beaten path.

But for your future travel plans when the country once again opens up, here's a video of our stay there (shot before the nationwide shutdown from the COVD-19 virus).

If you want maps or more info on dispersed camping there check out… or  or read our very comprehensive post on boondocking right HERE

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2020-04-26

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

One Response to “Peaceful Boondocking in the Ocala National Forest”

March 04, 2021at12:23 pm, Shelby Busque said:

He friends! I saw you video about ocala camping. I just called them recently and they said for the past 5 years they have not allowed dispersed camping in vehicles. Did you come across anything like this? I am trying to get out there for one or two nights and all the campsites are booked and crowded….yuck.

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