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Old 02-03-2012, 06:58 PM
 
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Default Ocala National Forest?

I recently moved to Tampa, and where I lived before was very close to the mountainous part of Sumpter National Forest in South Carolina.

I recently visited the Lake Eaton area of Ocala National Forest for hiking. I was wondering what else is in the forest. Driving through, my first impression was that Ocala NF is quite large! I miss being so close to hiking, and I was wondering what some of the highlights of Ocala National Forest might be.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:15 AM
 
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I recently moved to Tampa, and where I lived before was very close to the mountainous part of Sumpter National Forest in South Carolina.

I recently visited the Lake Eaton area of Ocala National Forest for hiking. I was wondering what else is in the forest. Driving through, my first impression was that Ocala NF is quite large! I miss being so close to hiking, and I was wondering what some of the highlights of Ocala National Forest might be.
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:22 PM
 
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Lots of beautiful 1st magnitude springs. Also nice canoe runs from said springs, with wilderness camping along the way. Some sketchy people live in scattered communities in the OF I would be very reserved when encountering strangers esp ones that don't appear to be campers or day use people. There have been many murders in the forest area, and missing people that never show back up, aren't that rare either. Google murders in the OF, you will be surprised. Oh, almost forgot, many, many, meth labs also, lots of which are hidden in wooded areas....be careful, cell reception is poor to non-existent in much of this area.. I have lived in this area for 35 yrs...

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Old 02-26-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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Lots of beautiful 1st magnitude springs. Also nice canoe runs from said springs, with wilderness camping along the way. Some sketchy people live in scattered communities in the OF I would be very reserved when encountering strangers esp ones that don't appear to be campers or day use people. There have been many murders in the forest area, and missing people that never show back up, aren't that rare either. Google murders in the OF, you will be surprised. Oh, almost forgot, many, many, meth labs also, lots of which are hidden in wooded areas....be careful, cell reception is poor to non-existent in much of this area.. I have lived in this area for 35 yrs...
Said murders are very rarely committed by folks that live in the Forest, sketchy people live everywhere.
I must live in a different Forest than you.
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:31 PM
 
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I recently visited the Lake Eaton area of Ocala National Forest for hiking. I was wondering what else is in the forest. Driving through, my first impression was that Ocala NF is quite large! I miss being so close to hiking, and I was wondering what some of the highlights of Ocala National Forest might be.
I would bypass this NF until the "hippie" squatters and Rainbow issue is cleared up. It's a huge forest. Keeping in mind neither group may be involved with the missing man.

The highlights right now are squatters, the Rainbow People and the missing 26 year old man who biked in, let his parents know he met some people.... and was never seen or heard from again.

Perhaps FL should send in the National Guard and clean the forest out.... I'm almost serious about this.
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:34 PM
 
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I would bypass this NF until the "hippie" squatters and Rainbow issue is cleared up. It's a huge forest.

The highlights right now are squatters, the Rainbow People and a missing 26 year old man who biked in, let his parents know he met some people.... and was never seen or heard from again.

Perhaps FL should send in the National Guard and clean the forest out.
The Rainbows are leaving next week.
The meeting this year was in Lake County.....plenty of Forest in Marion County thats just fine.
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:41 PM
 
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..... Some sketchy people live in scattered communities in the OF I would be very reserved when encountering strangers esp ones that don't appear to be campers or day use people. There have been many murders in the forest area, and missing people that never show back up, aren't that rare either..........
Anyone can start here:

Kidnapping, Murder and Mayhem: The Dark Forest

Going in in armed groups (hunters, those who carry) is probably safe as would be staying where many other people congregate such as campers and those there for the day. As for myself and my husband, we'll avoid the ONF.
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:45 PM
 
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The Rainbows are leaving next week.
The meeting this year was in Lake County.....plenty of Forest in Marion County thats just fine.
It's more the squatters with nothing to lose that I would be worried about. And how can one tell where they are in the Forest? Or how many groups of them there are? How could anyone know which parts of the forest are safe and which aren't? Better safe than sorry.
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:47 PM
 
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Anyone can start here:

Kidnapping, Murder and Mayhem: The Dark Forest

Going in in armed groups (hunters, those who carry) is probably safe as would be staying where many other people congregate such as campers and those there for the day. As for myself and my husband, we'll avoid the ONF.
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It's more the squatters with nothing to lose that I would be worried about. And how can one tell where they are in the Forest? Or how many groups of them there are? How could anyone know which parts of the forest are safe and which aren't? Better safe than sorry.
Good Lord, have you even ever been to the Forest?
I live in it.
So do LOTS of people.
Stop with the misinformation, which is a blog.
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:21 PM
 
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Good Lord, have you even ever been to the Forest?
I live in it.
So do LOTS of people.
Stop with the misinformation, which is a blog.
Like I posted, I've lived 1 mile S of the forest for 35 yrs. No need to get your panties in a twist. I know all about this area and about the low life people that use these woods to hide out. If you don't you should educate yourself. I will agree it's a beautiful area and lots of good people live here, BUT there are a lot of people with nothing to lose there also...
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