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Old 06-24-2009, 12:38 PM
 
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I vaguely remember as a young girl (maybe around 1979/1980) of camping in Ocala with my family and some neighbors. It was a heavily wooded campsite - the raccoons were merciless with robbing our cooler, the squirrels came up and sat on my brother's stomach as he layed in the hammock there and fed them (not smart I know), there was an area of springs we went swimming in that was very clear - seemed pretty deep and was really cold (and I believe this was in the summer), I just can't remember what exact location we were in.

I know this is really vague but does this sound like some section of camping in Ocala or would this fit a lot of campgrounds in that area. I'm asking because I would like to go there with my son and husband some day.

Thanks in advance for any help!
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:08 PM
 
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most of the springs in ocala/silversprings fit the description. just be careful whenever you camp
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Old 06-25-2009, 03:12 PM
 
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Are we talking because of wildlife or lowlife or both?
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Ocala National Forest
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You can get some info on camping in the Ocala Forest by calling the Seminole Ranger District Office at 352-669-3153. They have brochures or you can check them out on line by seaching "Ocala National Forest".
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:18 AM
 
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Great, thanks!
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Old 07-06-2009, 04:06 PM
 
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Salt springs located in the forest on hwy 19. there also is Juniper and Alexander springs located on hwy 40. there are numerous semi primitived camping areas in the forest where they have a old time pitcher pump that brings water up from the ground. the restroom are just a potty a truck comes in and pumps them out every so often. some of the names are buck lake, farles pairrie, four lake, deleon springsand lake eaton. there are more. maybe this will jog some memories.
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Old 06-27-2010, 06:10 PM
 
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Manatee springs in chiefland is just like what you described. That's where we camp and it's safe and fun! We drive from Ocala to
camp there.
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Trenton, Fl
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The description could be any one of the hundreds of springs in North Florida, but the raccoons make it sound like Alexander Springs - We lost a whole pan full of BBQ chicken to them at Alexander, circa 1970.
I still remember all those little BBQ sauce footprints on the tablecloth- wasn't hard to tell who the culprits were.

It's still a beautiful place, I take my kids there regularly. Don't miss the chance to go back if you get it.

PS. Bring your mask, snorkel and fins.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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Sounds like Silver Springs, there is a camp ground on baseline ..(35th ave)
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:27 PM
 
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I'm guessing JUNIPER SPRINGS! The spring is sort of dark, filled with grass along the edges with rockery type retainer wall around it. It also has a water wheel pushing the spring water into the creek, which is Juniper Run. The campsites are loaded with little racoons at night. One stole a loaf of bread from us once. Juniper Springs is located in the Ocala National Forest on State Route 40 about 10 miles from the nearest shopping center & 25 miles from "town" or the nearest Walmart. I hope this helps.
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