I WANNA RIDE !!! Is anybody up for camping / riding in Ocala next weekend ? I am thinking of going down on Friday and riding early Sat and Sun. or whatever / wherever ( flexible). ps . I am batching it this weekend. Thx, Clint
Last Edit: Jul 12, 2013 18:21:31 GMT -5 by dirtyrims
Post by scootergirl on Nov 1, 2013 18:03:54 GMT -5
We camped down in the forest this past weekend and noticed that there were places to get day passes; we inquired if we could ride with just that, and were told about 3 different answers from 3 different people. In fact, the rangers we spoke to at the Salt Springs campground sent us across the street to a private outfitter. Can anyone direct me to understandable directions for what is needed to ride an untagged bike in the NF? Do you need both a sticker from DMV AND a paid pass when you get there? What papers do you need to carry with you on the bike? Thanks!
Day passes can be found at the designated trailheads only. Off-road only vehicles must have the green ohv sticker. If under a certain age----an ohv safety certificate. Tagged bikes which use the designated trails must also pay the day use fee. Official trailheads are marked on the MVUM on-line, or at Salt Springs forest office map. Gone are the days of park any where and ride, as you can be ticketed for unlawful parking, and you must remain on designated trails. Wish I'd seen this sooner.
Post by scootergirl on Nov 2, 2013 16:55:17 GMT -5
Ok, that's what I thought; that you still had to have the green sticker. But the sign just said "paper proof of title." And some people were telling us all we needed was the trail pass. I did find some info finally on the DMV website. We want to get DJ's bike properly documented so he can ride in the NF areas.
Post by scootergirl on Nov 3, 2013 22:23:09 GMT -5
I need to look at the forest trail map again to see just where the designated OHV areas are. I suspect he'll just need the green sticker, but I haven't seen the title yet. It's a SXF model, so I would think it would be off highway.
So only the designated OHV areas need to go to the kiosks and pay the fee? We were in the Ocala North OHV system. Delancy is part of that; I don't know where Wiregrass is. But apparently that whole Ocala North area is an additional day use fee area.
Are the trails not especially well marked? A friend met up with a couple of guys on quads who came out of the woods and had no idea whatsoever where they were. They asked him if he had a map.
I see only a small section is motorcycle only, and we were reminded the trails are all 2-way. I see trails that are for quads and bikes, and some labelled "mixed use." Are those wider trails for Jeeps and such?
Honestly, the designated trails suck for dirt bikes. More quad and side by side friendly, alot of blind corners, rutted, and whooped out. If the SXF was bought from a dealer or individual, you should have gotten a "certificate of origin", unless the owner already titled it in whatever state it came from. You only get one shot in titling it for highway use, it can not be changed with out going thru way too much red-tape than it is worth. Send me an e-mail, or call me, explaining the purchase, and I can give you a better incite into the process. Internet research can sometimes be a little confusing and have "grey areas". Don't submit any paperwork with out looking into it first!
If I may reiterate, do not get a green sticker. Once you do that you cannot get a tag. The beautiful thing about almost any KTM is you can get a tag and ride anywhere. Once you have a green sticker there are very few places you can ride.
Mundy is interested in taking advantage of the 80 degree weather this weekend and is giving guided tours of Ocala National Forest. Mundy typically meets at Salt Springs Shopping Ctr on Hwy 19 and would like a RSVP for Sat and / or Sunday @ 904 465-2013 . Take advantage of the beautiful weekend coming up. MUST HAVE A TAGGED BIKE.
Last Edit: Jan 29, 2014 15:05:16 GMT -5 by dirtyrims
If your riding the designated trails on a bike, you must be a glutton for punishment, or just have a devious personallity when it comes to asking someone else on a bike to go. Unless the forestry service has graded and compacted the bulk of the trails, I've never had anything good to remember about that area since they corraled all the idiots in. But, I haven't ridden up in there, since the last time I broke my ankle out there. Guess that puts a damper on things. I spend alot of time in Salt Springs and YES it has been extremely good wet sand conditions for the past 2 years. Just remember the rule of thumb--WET/RAINY got to Ocala--DROUGHT go to Osceola! Wish Osceola would dry out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get my hip replaced and I'll be out terrorizing the woods again!!!!!!!!!
Davebeezy, please be very careful if you ride the Delancy OHV trail system. It is designed for 4 wheelers, it is 2 way, plenty of blind corners and the sand is deep and fluffy. Meeting a 4 wheeler head on usually does not turn well for the bike...
Also stay away from the Centennial loop and the Wiregrass loop for the same reasons. Centennial is infested with swarms of dune buggies (and you need one to climb those sand hills!! or sand paddle tires...).
There are better options for plated bikes:
- Salt Springs: 314 and 88. Plenty of lovely trails with elevation changes.(Yep, behind my weekend shack!)
- Lake Eaton/Lake Lou area
- Hopkins Prairie area
- se quadrant of the forest: Alexander Springs (Astor) and Deerhaven and St. Francis (Paisley)
Download the most recent maps from the Ocala National Forest website, enlarge, print and color them. They are good maps, but difficult to read otherwise.
The last few months have been hell for me workwise, but I am going to start riding regularly again. I rode last Sunday, and I am pitifully out of shape, but it will get better. I am in Salt Springs at the shack almost every weekend. Send me an e-mail if you want to go over trails etc.