Enjoy Ocala’s Ross Prairie State Forest

Enjoy Ocala’s largest prairie habitat on the Cross Florida Greenway system.  Head over to  the Ross Prairie Loop in the State Forest.

When you start the 3.5 mile loop at the Ross Prairie Trailhead,  you will get an overview of Ross Prairie itself.

The grasslands, ponds, and pine forests offer a unique experience you will not soon forget. Lush ferns and orchids make this ecosystem a real highlight of any visit to the Greenway.

Prairie grasses come in a variety of shapes and sizes, rising from ancient sand dunes on the Ocala limestone.  When a rainy season is strong enough, the permanent ponds will cause the prairie to become a marsh. The Ross Prairie Loop combines the Florida Trail, which runs along the north and western edges of the prairie, and two blue-blazed connector trails to the trailhead.

Watch the video to get an idea of what Ross Prairie State Forest trail looks like.

Directions & Location –   Click for more information on  Ross Prairie Camp Ground  or call 

Follow SR 200 south from Ocala, crossing CR 484. Look for the trailhead at the green sign 1.5 miles past CR 484 on the left. Follow the road around to park near the restrooms. The trailhead offers an RV campground, access to equestrian trails, and another hiking trail, the 2.1-mile Holly Hammock Loop in adjacent Ross Prairie State Forest.

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  1. Chip Kelley

    August 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Would like to have a map of the horse trails

    • admin

      August 31, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Hi Chip, if you go to the Trail directory page you will see a link that will take you to the Florida State Directory and on the right hand side is a link to maps of all the trails. Hope this is helpful. Have fun and if you have any more questions, leave another comment.