Off-Road Ocala National Forest Trails | On The Trail

Off-Road Ocala National Forest Trails | On The Trail

Explore with us though the beach, forests and rivers in Ocala National Forest near Daytona Beach, Florida to catch one of the best places to off-road in Florida. Joining us for this trip is catfish noodler Hannah Barron and her dad, to learn off-road skills that will get them to their next great catch! Host Cole Young guides us through this unique part of the country offering unique off-roading opportunities and great ways to access camping and fishing spots in the Ocala National Forest.

0:00 4Runner + Jeep Wrangler at Ormond Beach
3:33 Driving to Ocala National Forest
9:41 Fishing at St. John’s River
11:11 Water Crossing in a 4Runner + Ford Ranger
13:11 Alexander Springs

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To take them on this trip around Florida, Cole came with his Toyota 4Runner TRD Offroad. Its suspension has been upgraded with BC Racing coilovers, and with Nitto Mud Grappler tires, it has more than enough to make it through the sand and water.

Hannah, on the other hand, came with a stock Ford Ranger on Nitto Terra Grappler G2s. Despite the lack of upgrades, her vehicle is perfect for this kind of wheeling, and the Nitto tires will help her get the grip she needs through the sand.

The day starts at Ormond Beach, just north of Daytona. This beach is one of the few you can actually drive your own vehicle on, so if you’re ever in the area with a four-wheel drive vehicle, it’s a fun way to get out on the sand.

The team then makes their way to the trailhead in Ocala National Forest, before driving along a sandy trail with Hannah learning some new off-roading skills.

After breaking for lunch, they reach St. John’s River, where Hannah goes fishing with her dad.

Then right before the end of the day, they take a detour to some deeper water crossings for a few minutes to see how Hannah does in the stock Ranger.

This is one of those trails that pretty much anyone at any skill level can have some fun on. Watch the episode to see exactly how you can go wheeling in the Florida forest, and subscribe to Driving Line’s YouTube channel to see where else Driving Line will explore.

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  1. SwampLife on August 25, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Is there a way to get to the dirt road by the river and start from this end?

  2. Austin Dean on August 25, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    I lived in the ocala national forest for a while in the early 2000s. There are some beautiful places there. The sand in the big scrub will swallow a truck though. It isn’t far from Alexander springs

  3. Jim Mantel on August 25, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Love your front guard with winch setup! What brand is that. Need some similar for my 4×4.

  4. Ben69 on August 25, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    I think I’m in love

  5. Rekkless CC on August 25, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Definitely gotta head up north to there, I down in Miami lol. We don’t have much down here

  6. kevin auman on August 25, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    My gawd I love this girl right here, hahaha "Skeeters at’re bout ‘attt big just waitin to carry us off" I could listen to her cute little accent, personality & self and never tire the day that some lucky man is able to fight her away from Jeff and marry her the whole world is going to shed a tear…

  7. telecaster305 on August 25, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Can you do that with 2wd and a rear locker?

  8. Joeschmoe on August 25, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    I was not expecting that accent when she started talking lol.

  9. Eric Zetterlund on August 25, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    You guys drive so slowly.

  10. KaseyMK7 on August 25, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    that accent.. scary lol

  11. HorseHead Mike on August 25, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Too bad they closed the bridge area off at Alexander🤬

  12. Gringo Corey on August 25, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Cool video. Ive rode the same trails. Only thing that throws me off is when your little map shows up it shows alexander springs on 42. 🤙ye ye

  13. Matthew S on August 25, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    Publix subs fior the win.

  14. GREATEST OF ALL TEXAS on August 25, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    Cool video but that 4-runner shouldn’t have 20” wheels ! That’s not good for real off roading.

  15. Anthony Watson on August 25, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    What road its the ocala trail off of like to try it one day

  16. N English on August 25, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    dafuq language is that

  17. Timothy Peek on August 25, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Where was the trail they took? Was that in 44?

  18. wemcal on August 25, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Great video and nice trucks… that accent???

  19. anonymous on August 25, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    anyone know of any spots in oak hill, edgewater new smyrna beach area for 4×4 trucks? mud or trails?

  20. Babar Asad on August 25, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    My stock land cruiser will destroy these baby Toyotas!!

  21. Just doing it. on August 25, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Man you should have contacted us local jeepers could have got you onto some good trails out there in the eastern part of the forest

  22. Stewart G. on August 25, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Fun video!! The Ranger did great!

  23. Patrick Walsh on August 25, 2021 at 5:57 pm


  24. Andy Ham on August 25, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Damn she’s gotta thick American country accent. Love girls like her who are down to do things like this.

  25. Charlie K on August 25, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    @ 8:45 , hell yeah 😎Publix Subs.

  26. Rawfg4 on August 25, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Anybody knows what map he was using on his phone that showed the trails?

  27. Tom A on August 25, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Ahhhh. My stomping grounds. St Francis. Been going there by trail or boat for 30 years.

  28. Dogman David on August 25, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks to all the folks that left their trash at the river. You’re why we can’t have nice things

  29. Raif Parker on August 25, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    If you do not bring Pub-Subs on your offroading/mudding/boat trips, you are Florida-ing wrong 😌 Y’all know how to do it lol.

  30. LORD MA on August 25, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Hi yall, im a Floridian, im down south, Broward county, basically Fort Lauderdale. Yo, that girls accent is insane, love it 🤣🤣🤣 down here we got no girls with that accent, yall should come down here and open a southern accent school. Just kidding, love the vids.

  31. Ejacko Cacco on August 25, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    What is the setup on your 4Runner?

  32. horehey * on August 25, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Nobody from the tread lightly group going to say, if you have to drive around you shouldn’t be there? Public land closed all the time because one mud hole in the road turns to a road at the mud hole 50 feet or more wide!

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