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a VirtualTourist member from Ashbourne


Canoes / Tubing near Ocala.

I shall be travelling up to Ocala from Tampa in August. I would like to go to one of the Springs in the Ocala area. I have heard that Juniper and Alexander Springs are best but perhaps someone in the area or in the VT community can help to inform me of somewhere better. I have tried to research this without much success so far any tips would be appreciated. Thanks Paul

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a VirtualTourist member from New York State

We used to go camping in this area a lot in the 80s - specifically I remember canoeing and swimming in Rainbow River in Dunnellon, which is actually a bit southwest of Ocala. The water was crystal clear, and you could just let the current carry you. No gaters either! And there were no crowds like at Manatee Springs I think it was. I don't remember any places that we stayed in Ocala itself - other than in the National Forest for Thanksgiving, but no tubing or canoeing on that trip. Here's a web site for the state parks in that Hope this helps.

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