from I-75, about 25 miles "in" (east, toward Ormond Beach),
this is a nice little short detour to explore the forest (from hwy 40, detour south on 314a... ride through "The Forest"
and come back to hwy 40 a few miles further east)
40 is a great ride! The best riding we have done in north Florida is in Marion County. We did three hundred miles with a guy that is from there and it was some of the best riding and food we ever encountered. Not sure which way you're coming, but if from the north coming down 301 past Citra take the 200A split and pick up 316 it will take you over an excellent bridge that is very scenic and quite high! (it's great) stay on 316 (east) and you will come to Fort McCoy, take 315 South and pick up ST.RD.40 East. You do NOT want to go through Ocala, it's a pain with horrible traffic and this route will avoid all that and give you a great ride:thumbup:.
Not sure where you're coming from, BUT, if you travel 301 south from I-10, Lawtey and Waldo are speed traps. Just FYI. To me, 40 out of Ocala is a bore if you run it all the way. Suggestions already made for some of the county roads missing most of 40 are best, IMO.
Coming from Ga,I grew up in jupiter florida,& in the 33 years I lived there Never even thought about going through the Ocala NP...Always down the coast's ,Everglades & the big O...or was heading north..Appreciate all the info ,I will look over some of those routes..Thanks
40 should be more fun than an interstate, but con sider taking 19 South from the middle and then follow 2 lanes all the way instead of fighting traffic on the coastal roads. If you aren't in a hurry, the middle area can be a lot of fun.
If going to Miami, work your way past Tampa, and go to the Western end of 41 near Naples and then take that over to Miami. No toll, and a decent ride.