Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2018
Ride the Trails in Ocala National Forest
Spring to Spring Tour
3 Days/2 Nights
The Spring to Spring Tour is your chance to take the long way across Ocala National Forest exploring springs, prairies and one of Florida’s biggest and most beautiful pine scrub forests.
This 3 day 2 night semi supported tour will start and end at Clearwater Lake Recreation Area. We’ll load up your luggage and transport it to the campsite, leaving you unencumbered to enjoy the ride. We’ll visit remote swimming holes and some of the most beautiful and pristine springs that the forest has to offer and at the end of the day you can relax around the campfire with a much deserved cold beverage of your choice.
The terrain will consist mainly of clay forest roads with some hidden and abandoned grassy double track. The route is hilly in some spots but rewarding and there are some sandy areas so the wider the tire you can run, the easier you may find it. The average distance per day will be 35 miles, giving us time to swim in remote areas, enjoy the vast open views of the prairies and the unique features of the forest.
The cost of this ride is $200 and will include a knowledgeable guide and staff, 2 dinners (pizza and BBQ), 2 breakfasts(bagels and coffee), 2 picnic lunches(cold cuts), a support vehicle, luggage transfer, 2 nights at campgrounds (remember your tent) and adult beverages in the evening while they last! There will be a limited amount of support on this ride so if you want something specific to eat or drink, you should bring it yourself. We will also not be providing rest stops during the ride other than a limited lunch stop each day. There will be convenience stores and other shops along the way so bringing $20-$40 per day to keep yourself stocked up would be a good idea. This trip is limited to 40 participants so register soon!
- Knowledgeable Guide and Staff
- Meals: 2 dinners (pizza and BBQ), 2 breakfasts(bagels and coffee), 2 picnic lunches(cold cuts)
- Support vehicle
- Luggage transfer
- 2 nights at campgrounds (Bring Your Own Tent)
- Adult Beverages in the Evenings
What You Need to Bring
-A bicycle suitable for off road travel, preferably a gravel or mountain bike.
-Tent and camping gear.
-Enough water to keep yourself hydrated for at least 20 miles at a time.
-Spare inner tubes and patch kit.
-Change of clothes and small towel as showers will be available at campsites.
-$20-$40 per day for stops at stores.
*Please limit your packed luggage to tent and one small (airplane carry on) bag.
Day 1: Buck Lake to Juniper Springs
7 am- Meet up and check in for riders
8 am- Roll out
10 am- Stop at store in Shockley Heights for snacks and drinks
10:15 am- Leave store
11:45 am- Arrive at Buck Lake for sightseeing and swim
12:30 pm- Leave Buck Lake
12:45 pm- Arrive at Farles Lake for picnic lunch and swim
1:30 pm- Leave Farles Lake
3 pm- Arrive at Juniper Springs campground. There is the opportunity to canoe, hike and enjoy the fire. There are full facilities including electric, showers and vending.
Day 2: Hopkins to Salt Springs
7 am- Camp coffee class with Karlos, breakfast is served
8:30 am- Roll out
9:30 am- Hopkins viewing
10:15 am- Leave Hopkins
12 pm- Arrive at 88 store. They have food on site, snacks and beverages.
1:30 pm- Leave 88
3 pm- Arrive at Salt Springs. There are full facilities with showers and vending.
Day 3: Silver Glen to Alexander Springs
7 am- Breakfast
8 am- Roll out
11:30 am- Arrive at Silver Glen. Grill out or picnic lunch, swim.
1 pm- Leave Silver Glen
2:15 pm- Arrive at Steele Around Tavern for drinks and snacks
2:45 pm- Leave tavern
4 pm- Option to stop at Alexander Springs
6 pm- Arrive at cars, end of day 3 and tour.