Backpacker Magazine Ocala, FL: Marshall Swamp 

Take a walk on the Florida Trail's wild side over this 5.6-mile out-and-back through lush riverine habitat.


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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 23 Dec 2008 9:57:10 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: Florida (FL)
Distance: 5.6 mi  (Change units)
Difficulty: 4 / 10
Tags: Florida, Florida Trail, Ocala, Ocklawaha
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Tarzan's signature yell once echoed along the crystalline Silver River less than a mile from this part of the Florida Trail, which leads through a dense, dark floodplain forest beneath a canopy of palm fronds and live oaks. Between 1932 and 1942, Johnny Weissmuller swung from the trees for movie cameras in this lush riverine habitat. But you don't even have to get your feet wet on this 5.6-mile out-and-back, which is slightly elevated on a gravel bern. Head south from the Marshall Swamp trailhead. Detour onto the west half of a loop, where a spur leads to a frog-filled pond, then rejoin the main trail. Marvel at the towering cabbage palms, and the colonies of resurrection ferns, lichens, and mosses that blanket the trees. A picnic table near the end of the swamp is your turnaround; walk the other half of the loop on your return.

-Hike provided by the Florida Trail Association

TO TRAILHEAD: From I-75 exit 352, go 8.4 mi. E on FL 40 to Silver Springs. Turn S onto Baseline Rd., then E onto Sharpes Ferry Rd. Park at trailhead.

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Marshall Swamp Trailhead

Location: 29.183873, -82.016233

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