National Forest

Ocala Dog Policy

Ocala National Forest is Dog Friendly

Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []

Ocala National Forest offers a number of recreational opportunities and encompasses over 600 rivers and lakes as well as trails and forest roads. Swimming, fishing, boating, and paddling are popular here. There's also a variety of wildlife, from many bird species to manatees that take refuge in freshwater springs.

Ocala National Forest is dog friendly. Dogs are allowed throughout most of the Forest while on a leash. However, dogs are not allowed inside buildings and dogs are not allowed at designated swimming areas.


Trail Policy

Dogs are allowed on trails while on a leash.

Campground Policy

Dogs are allowed in campgrounds while on a leash or restrained. Dogs are not allowed in cabins. There are a number of place to camp at Ocala National Forest beyond the list below. You can check out additional options at the USDA site.

Campground Dogs Allowed? # Dog Friendly Sites Equipment
Alexander Springs Rec Area Yes 69 RV, Tent, Trailer Reservations/Info
Big Scrub Campground Yes RV, Tent, Trailer Reservations/Info
Buck Lake Group Campground Yes Reservations/Info
Doe Lake Group Site Yes RV, Tent, Trailer Reservations/Info
Lake Dorr Cabin No Reservations/Info
Lake Shore Group Camp Yes Tent, Trailer Reservations/Info
Mill Dam Group Camp Yes RV, Tent, Trailer Reservations/Info
River Forest Group Site Yes RV, Tent, Trailer Reservations/Info
Salt Springs Recreation Area Yes 158 RV, Tent, Trailer Reservations/Info
Campground details from

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Warning: Hunting is allowed at this location. Please be aware of and familiarize yourself with hunting seasons, and exercise appropriate caution with your dog. During hunting season(s), you may also want to consider having your dog wear a blaze orange vest.

For more information on hunting seasons and policies, please see:

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Note: Policies can change -- please make sure to check official dog/pet policies prior to making plans or booking travel.

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