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Author Topic: 2016 Centennial Trail - Ocala National Forest  (Read 51125 times)
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« Reply #75 on: July 23, 2017, 05:55:38 PM »

Well, its been another three months since I was up here and I'm sorry to say that nothing has been done. The trails are rough and bumpy, small trees down all over the place on the west side. A friend of ours went with us and he has a bad back and almost couldn't make it the whole way around cause of the rough trails. If you're going to charge us money to ride here, then some trail maintenance should be done in the summer as well as the winter.

Big Scrub Campground is closed until further notice. Wait a minute, I didn't get any notice that it was closed till I got there and the gate was locked. I would have been mad if I would have drove my RV down that very bumpy eight miles on FR13, only to be turned around with a locked gate.

I used to really like to ride here, but this year June and I will not be buying a yearly pass unless they start dragging the trails. Kris must have deserted us as he has not given us an update in many months. Yes, I am a little pissed off right now Kris. The rain is here so the fires should be less, so bring back the bulldozer and at least finish the few miles on the east side. I've said enough !

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« Reply #76 on: October 18, 2017, 04:36:24 PM »

I called John last night and he said a lot of trees were down from the storm, but they have been cut out of the way for the most part. You may still have some branches to deal with.

They have not dragged the trails yet, so they are a little bumpy.

Kris was called up with the military and is on active duty till sometime in January.

Big Scrub Campground is closed. No camping there.

That's all I know for now.

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« Reply #77 on: November 13, 2017, 12:40:32 PM »

Just got off the phone with John, and he said the trails at Centennial are open, but the Big Scrub Campground is still closed. I guess that so many people were getting stuck in there, that they are going to re do the roads with clay, etc. He did not know when they were to do this, but probably not till December at the earliest. Every Thanksgiving that place filled up, but I guess not this year. Larry
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« Reply #78 on: November 14, 2017, 08:49:58 AM »

Thanks for the updates, Larry.
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« Reply #79 on: November 15, 2017, 05:30:38 AM »

You're most welcomed !
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« Reply #80 on: November 19, 2017, 09:03:29 PM »

June and I rode the Centennial Trail last Friday and nothing has changed. That last hurricane knocked down a lot of trees, but they all have been cut up out of the way. We got a new Polaris RZR 900 and even though it's only 50 inches wide, we were hitting shrubs on both sides going down the west side of the trail. If you have a larger side by side, I wouldn't go down the west side unless you don't mind a lot of scratches.

We used to ride the north trails up by Salt Springs, but started coming down to the Centennial when we found out that they were dragging the trails every week during the winter months, but those days are gone. If a 50 inch vehicle can't make it down the trail without rubbing shrubs, then maybe it's time to go back to the north trails. Another reason we like Centennial was because we could camp at Big Scrub Campground, but it's closed and nobody at this time can tell me when it will reopen.

This used to be our favorite trail, but now it sucks. Sorry for the bad review !

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« Reply #81 on: November 30, 2017, 09:01:54 AM »

Just an update  !!!

June and I rode the north trails yesterday and they are in worst shape than the Centennial Trail. We probably only hit a quarter of the trails up there, but we went on the ones that used to be the smoothest, but now they are in very bad shape. We did pass a dragging crew and were the first ones to ride on the newly dragged trail, but it was still very rough. Later when heading back we hit the same trail again and they had dragged it again going the other way and it was much better, but still a little rough.

I know what you're saying, but these trails are really rough ! Most of the time we were only going 10 MPH and we had areas that 6 to 8 MPH were almost too fast. We were being bounced  all over the place and really didn't have any fun. Please remember, we have bought yearly passes for the last four years and have rode the crap out of these trails. If we didn't ride at least 100 miles each visit, then we didn't feel like we got our money's worth. I don't even need to take a map with me any more and that's saying a lot for the north trails ! I used to get lost up there even with a map. If you knew how nice the trails used to be, then you would know why we complain now.

The highlight of our day was when we were heading back in, we came up on three big bears that were playing on the trail. It was a mother with her two babies, but now they are really big ! Usually you only get a second or two to see them before they run into the woods, but this time we got to watch them for at least a minute. At first we were wondering if they were ever going to get off of the trail and I was getting ready to put it into reverse cause they didn't seem afraid of us at all, but they did finally go into the woods.

If they drag the trails, they could be as good as they used to be. When Big Scrub Campground opens up again, June and I will go there and camp and ride, but no more yearly passes for us until they bulldoze the trails a little wider and do a lot of dragging.

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« Reply #82 on: December 03, 2017, 10:03:43 PM »

Hate to hear that. Are they still closed down from the storm?
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« Reply #83 on: December 04, 2017, 06:26:39 AM »

All of the trails are open, just bumpy. Delancy Campground up at the north trails is open, but Big Scrub Campground on the Centennial Trail is closed.

Don't let me ruin it for you. I just like the trails a little smoother like they used to be.

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« Reply #84 on: December 06, 2017, 09:39:20 PM »

I called John at Big Scrub Campground tonight to see when Big Scrub is going to reopen and he seems to think that they are not going to even start the roads in there till the end of January. I asked if we could camp there at our own risk, but was told "no".
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« Reply #85 on: March 17, 2019, 02:34:26 PM »

After 16 months, June and I finally made it back to the Centennial Trail this past week. The trails aren't too bad if you're on an ATV, but side by sides would be rubbing brush esp. on the west side of the trail. The bad thing is all of the up and down bumps in the trail and some of them are really deep. Years ago they used to drag the trails every week during the winter months, but I don't think anybody has drug them in over a year. Some people came in at Big Scrub Campground and had large side by sides and they took the bottom trail. I told my wife that they won't be here for long and when we got back, they were packed up and gone. The trail is really bad right as you leave the campground. If the trails were drug a few times each way, I think a lot of these bumps could be eliminated.

A group of ATV's were staying there and went to ride the trails one evening and the manager of the campground told them that there was no night riding on the trails. As soon as he went in they took off anyway and rode during the night. People always wonder why we keep loosing riding places.

If Kris is still around and he reads this, please have somebody drag the trails and get rid of the bumps.

Thanks, Larry & June
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« Reply #86 on: March 18, 2019, 11:06:42 AM »

Thanks for the update. How crowded are the campgrounds in Ocala recently?
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« Reply #87 on: March 18, 2019, 11:37:08 AM »

Big Scrub had about six groups there last week. Since June and I only go during the week, that's the most that we have ever encountered. The manager said that was because of bike week and spring break. That's the only campground that we ever go to up there.
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« Reply #88 on: March 18, 2019, 01:35:01 PM »

Glad to see some atv talk on here again. Thanks for the update little blue.
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« Reply #89 on: March 18, 2019, 01:36:17 PM »

Glad to see some atv talk on here again. Thanks for the update little blue.

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« Reply #90 on: April 03, 2019, 01:16:45 PM »

June and I went back up to Big Scrub Campground last week and rode the Centennial trail. The bad news is that there will never be any more improvements on the trails, because Kris is no longer with the Forest Dept, at least up there. What we were told is that he tried to get too much done and the government people don't like that. Don't know if that's true--just what we were told. I now feel bad for all of the times I complained. He really was the one person that was looking out for us. Thanks Kris  !!!
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« Reply #91 on: April 05, 2019, 10:57:57 AM »

I have never ridden those trails.  One of these days I think I need to give it a try.
I tend to favor the wet over the dry.
No work involved blowing the dust off.  I like the hours cleaning.
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« Reply #92 on: April 16, 2019, 12:16:27 PM »

I'm planning a trip there mid May.  Anyone else riding or would ride then?
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« Reply #93 on: September 02, 2019, 11:09:52 PM »

Well, itís been almost 4 years since Iíve posted here and almost 4 years since I rode this trail. Since then I bought a 50inch Can Am sxs and have not headed to Ocala with it yet. Very sad to hear the trails are worse than before. I guess itís considered state land and basically only upkept by the atv traffic.  No sense complaining here since not many people come here anymore and the state never cared
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« Reply #94 on: September 04, 2019, 03:58:27 PM »

Good to see you back around Dave. We need to catch up on the trail soon.
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« Reply #95 on: September 06, 2019, 08:00:38 PM »

Good to see you back around Dave. We need to catch up on the trail soon.

Hey you. It must be at least 5 years since I saw you.  Would love to meet you up at the trail one Sunday and catch up. Gave up camping at the fort. It out priced us. Let me know when you head to the centennial trail
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