Originally Posted by jampop1
No I just like to trail ride, I would like to wheel in north Ga. some day.
I feel the same way....just poke along in woods.
In fairness to you if you've not been to the Ocala National Forest, it is just sand and scrub brush and pine trees. Some hidden ponds and prairies. Any routes off the main forest road grid will be the kind of trail that scrapes the wax/clearcoat off your paint. You can usually repair that with another coat of wax. But some people have a problem with that kind of trail. I have some canvas doors I use, so I don't mind the tight "rabbit trails".
The forest is easily accessible to locals and as the population has grown in central florida, there are more careless users. People dump their garbage, saturday night drinking and raising heck, some squatters....that kind of thing. So the forestry fellas have attempted to close some areas that have been popular over the years. They try to enforce the rules but it's a big forest. Still, you will see forestry employees when you ride there. So depending on your personal rules of behavior, you might be careful who you "join up with", if you don't want to risk a fine.
I belong to a local jeep club that follows the rules up there. We usually stop somewhere during a ride and pick up trash for an hour. And we stay on the currently legal trails. I do the same when I'm alone. It isn't a big deal.
Also, its a pretty good distance from Naples for a day ride. Probably 3 hours? And the forest is actually east of the city of Ocala.
Not trying to talk you out of anything....just so you have some information to consider.
On the other hand, you can pretty much be sure that you won't tear up your jeep....won't have to crawl up any rock formations. You don't need a modified jeep....just some good tires for sand. You can't really get stuck, unless you try to on purpose. So you can relax about getting home later. Occasionally a fallen pine tree to roll over. If there's been rain, you can find some water to roll through. The woods are peaceful and there are some interesting legal trails. There are hundreds of miles of dirt roads and trails. It's free to use.
I built my jeep for moderate use and I live about an hour from the southern corner of the Ocala forest. With like-minded jeep friends, a trail ride there makes a nice day. A cb radio adds to the fun.
Post again in a few days if you still feel like driving up this way. I work some saturdays, but I might be interested in joining you.