The Ocala National Forest has some awesome campgrounds nestled among America’s southernmost forest. The banks of a pristine lake, a hamlet of shady old oaks, or a wide open prairie perfect for stargazing — where would you want to post up for a night or two? Take your pick at Ocala National Forest, which has over a dozen campgrounds, from primitive digs to tricked out tent sites, to choose from. And if you’re looking to get away from it all for longer than usual, good news: you can usually stake out a campsite for up to two weeks. Make sure and check out the Forest Service Website for important information. You can also get all the deets on closures or alerts and permits before you head out.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to guests per site
Hike in
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No picnic table


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Hidden Pond Campground.

River, stream, or...
Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Josh
Josh J.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 4th, 2016

Hidden Pond is great for a serene getaway or hiking adventure! My wife and i hiked in from Pats Island trailhead coming in around 3.5-4 miles hike. The trail coming in to Hidden Pond had a good amount of variation, but there are two stretches of sand and scrub that can be brutal on a hot day. Hidden Pond has clear water (sometimes some algae) and has one area that is very accessible; kind of like a 15ft wide beach/bank. There are several camping spots to the right of the FL Scenic trail that follow the shore of Crooked Sapling Pond. (side note: Don't expect Crooked Sapling Pond to have the same water level Hidden Pond does). These sights offer great privacy and there is NO city noise out here people! Not for casual campers in my opinion.

Hidden Pond as seen from the Florida Scenic Trail - part of the Ocala National ForestThe closest campsite to Hidden pond just off the Florida Scenic Trail - part of the Ocala National Forest
Hipcamper Michael
Michael M.
recommends this listing.
March 7th, 2019

Very nice place to camp. Has good drinking water.

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Hipcamper Elisabeth M.
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June 1st, 2017
Ocala National Forest
United States
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29.221° N, 81.694° W
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Tent Only - Hike In: 1 Site
(Up to people per site)
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