South Tower Hunt Camp
Ocala National Forestwrite a review FR-13 Umatilla, FL 32784 352-669-3153 Official Website
GPS: 28.9999, -81.7782
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Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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“Not the best, but it was free”
Reviewed May 17, 2018
We had a hard time finding this place since the road our GPS suggested was closed and we had to back track all the way to highway 42 and reenter the forest at another spot. Your best bet is probably to set your GPS for Big Bass Campground instead and then continue straight down the road for another mile until you come to a clearing on the right. The dirt road is rough and bumpy and we drove as slowly as possible, but our trailer still got shook up pretty good. The only sign when you get there is one saying to pack out your garbage.
It looks like there used to be numbered campsites here, but most of the markers are gone. There are some concrete blocks with rebar sticking out in the center of the clearing so maybe there was a shelter or structure of some sort. The whole site was littered with garbage and a footpath led to another small clearing containing a huge pile of burnt junk. It looked like someone emptied out their RV and tried to burn everything from clothes, shoes, purses, cables, tools, seats, tents, a fan, a hairdryer, an iron, you name it.
The campsite itself was roomy and level like a big circular driveway with some beautiful trees. There are no toilets, trash cans, picnic tables, fire rings, or anything at all really. It was a rainy Monday night and there was not a soul around. Maybe half a dozen pickup trucks passed by on the dirt road throughout the evening, then no more traffic after dark.
It was extremely quiet at night and we had the place to ourselves. The site is located at the top of a slight hill so there was great cell phone and TV reception (point your antenna Southwest towards Orlando). We ran our generator all night to run the A/C and combat the humidity. Not like there was anyone around who could have been bothered by it.
All in all, this was an alright place to spend the night, but I would not want to be there on the weekend or during hunting season. There were shotgun shells all over the ground and bullet holes in the sign at the entrance. This could really be a nice campsite and it's a shame it's been trashed so badly. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets shut down soon.
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