Tread Lightly! Four Wheel Drive Way

Total Miles


54.47 ft


10 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer

Trail Overview

Tread Lightly! Four Wheel Drive Way is an approximately 81-mile route that travels through the Ocala National Forest. The trail is Florida's only Jeep Badge of Honor trail. In most parts, it's a stock-friendly trail but does have some areas of soft sand, and mud. The trail begins at the north end of the Ocala National Forest and eventually winds its way south, before doubling back and finishing near the central part of the forest. Drivers can expect to see the full spectrum of central Florida wildlife, with rattlesnake and black bear sightings being fairly common. The main trail portions are sufficiently wide enough to allow passing, but the side trails can be extremely narrow, and significant pinstriping can be expected.


Most of the trail system is stock-friendly, but there are some areas of mud and water, and extremely soft sand. Drivers should bring basic recovery gear, and know how to use it.

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