Osceola National Forest

4/17/18 to 4/19/18

Tuesday 4/17/2018     It was still cold when we left South Carolina Tuesday morning. Hopefully, our next stop which is in Florida will be warmer. We traveled 307 miles today and are spending the next three nights in The Osceola National Forest. The Osceola National Forest is made up of approximately 200,000 acres of large pine trees and cypress swamps in northeastern Florida and is about 50 miles west of Jacksonville. Now that I'm 62 I'm eligible for an America The Beautiful Senior Lifetime Pass. This pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Plus I get 50% off camping fees. We stayed at The Ocean Pond Campground which only cost us $12.00 per night. The Ocean Pond Campground is a very nice campground. The sites are first-come-first-serve but because we were here during the off-season we didn't have any trouble finding a site. In fact, the site we chose was really nice. We had water and electric and it was right next to the lake. The whole place was very well maintained and very peaceful. I love this kind of camping! After we set up we drove into Lake City (about 20 minutes away) to fuel up and have dinner.

Wednesday 4/18/2018     Today we relaxed at the campground and enjoyed the Florida weather. We took a short walk to check out one of the trails in the area and drove back into town for some repair parts for the trailer, a Florida SunPass, and some ice cream at Dairy Queen. It finally warmed up to the 80's once we arrived in Florida.

Thursday 4/19/2018     Today, after breakfast we went on a hike. We hiked 6.4 miles on the Florida Trail which is a National Scenic Trail. Part of it passes close to the campground. We hiked from the Ocean Pond campground to the Cobb campground and back. It was a very easy trail because it was so flat and it led us through some very beautiful tall pine trees and cypress swamps. We started out in the morning when it was cool but it didn't take long for it to heat up. Once back in our campground we had lunch and relaxed the rest of the day.

Friday 4/20/2018     This campground was one of our favorites. If we would have known how nice it was we would have spent a couple more days here, but we have reservations in Orlando for the next seven days. So we packed up and headed to Orlando.