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Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Perennially popular with off-road vehicle enthusiasts, Big Scrub Campground sits in the Ocala National Forest in central Florida. A trailhead within the facility offers riders campsite-to-trail access.

Natural Features:

The Ocala National Forest spans four counties and 383,000 acres. It is the southernmost and oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River and protects the world's largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest.

Miles of trails offer plenty of open space and blue skies for off-road vehicles.


Big Scrub Campground offers direct access to the 47-mile Ocala Adventure Trail. All off-road vehicle riders will enjoy exploring the Tread Lightly Four Wheel Drive Way. A permit is required for use of the trail system.

Learn more about off-road vehicle use in Ocala National Forest.


Big Scrub can accommodate tents, campers and RVs. The campground is equipped with showers, restrooms and drinking water.

Nearby Attractions:

The warm, turquoise waters of Alexander Springs are a short drive away. Visitors can swim, canoe and dive in a natural spring-fed lake and creek.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Host
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Tables
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Hookups are not available
  • A copy of the regulations for off-road vehicle use and camping may be obtained from the camp host
  • Camping fee covers 2 vehicles maximum
  • Main entrance gate closes at 9 p.m.; no entering or leaving campground after this time, except for emergencies
  • No person under 16 shall operate or ride an off-road vehicle without a Department of Transportation approved helmet and eye protection
  • Off-road vehicle operators must carry proof of registration/ownership for their vehicle and a have valid sticker; photo identification must be carried at all time for operators 16 and older; children under 16 encouraged to carry identification in case they become separated from supervising guardian; copies of identification are acceptable
  • Check-in time is 1 p.m. and check-out time is 11 a.m.
  • Click here for more information about Ocala National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
29.05028, -81.7625
29°3'1"N, 81°45'45"W

From I-75 east, travel on State Route 40 to Forest Road 588. Turn south on 588 and go approximately 8 miles. The campground is on the west side of the road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:


Phone Number:

Information:  (352)625-2520
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