Also referred to as the Ocala Trail, roughly 61 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail spears the center of the forest north–south. Marked with orange blazes, pick-up points include Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs and Clearwater Lake recreation areas. Outside hunting season, hikers can camp anywhere 200ft from the trail, but if you prefer to commune with others you'll find spur trails to developed campgrounds every 10 to 12 miles.

The 8.5-mile St Francis Trail (blue blazes) winds through riverine and bayhead swamp to the abandoned 1880s pioneer town of St Francis on the St Johns River. No buildings remain, but you'll see the old logging railroad bed and levee built for rice growing.