Ocala National Forest, Florida
Greenway or Canal?
We spent a night by the edge of the Cross Florida Barge Canal (click for more info) at Rodman Dam Campground. This canal was never completed and after many legal battles has (along with adjoining land) become the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway.
Despite the warning of alligators, we found lots of interesting birdlife at the spillway by our campsite and downstream of the dam.
Ocala NF Springs
Ocala National Forest covers 607 square miles in central Florida and consists mainly of a sandy pine scrub ecosystem. There are many lakes and ponds but most interestingly, four major Springs that feed into adjoining lakes. We visited Salt Springs and Silver Glen Springs which both are major sources of water feeding lakes in the forest. Silver Glen Springs flows with 70 million gallons of water a day feeding into a beautiful aquamarine swimming area.
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