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Friday, January 18, 2013

Another camping trip to Ocean Pond Campground

Date: 1/18/13 – 1/20/13
Location: Osceola National Forest (Near Lake City, Florida)
GPS Coordinates: 30.239501, -82.436620
Campsite number: 31
This has been our third trip to Ocean Pond campground in the Osceola Nation Forest since we’ve bought our trailer. We arrived Friday evening after leaving work and driving the 90 minute trip to the campground. We were lucky enough to find an open spot on the water, but all the electrical spots were taken, This was ok as we like the sites without electricity better than the ones with power. On Saturday we drove around the Big Gum Swap wilderness area and came across the West Tower campground. This is one of the trailheads to the Florida Trail, so we decided to do a hike, In the afternoon, after resting at camp awhile, we did some kayaking on Ocean Pond. The weather was amazing, cool and clear. Not too cold and not too hot!!
Sunday we did another short hike on the Florida trail starting at the Turkey Run trailhead which is a short drive from the campground. Even though it was a three day weekend, we decided to only camp for two days. Before we packed up and left, we did some more kayaking on Ocean Pond heading down to Hog Pen campground and then back. Nothing too strenuous!! 
Since I’ve reviewed this campground previously, I won’t bother doing it again. Here’s the link to the previous review.
Yep, we are in the boonies. A sign we saw as we were driving around the the Gum Swamp Wilderness area
West Tower Campground
Florida Hiking Trail trailhead
Boardwalk along the Florida Trail
Florida Trail through the pine forest
Spot # 31 at Ocean Pond
Kayaking by ocean Ponds beach and playground area
Julie kayaking in the weeds!
Julie at a Florida Trail Shelter
Some wild animal we encountered while walking the trail!!
Our hike on the Florida Trail starting at West Tower trailhead
Florida Trail starting at West Tower Campground trailhead at EveryTrail
Our hike on the Florida Trail starting at the Turkey Run trailhead
Florida Trail starting at Turkey Run trailhead at EveryTrail
Kayaking Ocean Pond
Kayaking Ocean Pond at EveryTrail

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