Happy Holidays from the Cross Florida Greenway! Here at the Ross Prairie Campground, we've got our RV decked out with lights, a small tabletop tree and stockings on the windows. It's quite a sight.
Before we hit the road full time in our RV, Ross Prairie was a spot that I already visited yearly around the holidays. Now that we are here at the campground, it's been incredibly nice to be able to walk out the door and be on the Holly Hammock Hiking Trail in just a couple of minutes.
You can't ask for a more festive hiking trail than the Holly Hammock loop. The hike is underneath massive oaks, through pine forests and large stands of American holly trees, complete with red berries. Some of these American holly trees are the largest ones I've seen anywhere. With glossy green leaves and red berries, you almost expect to see candy canes and hear the sounds of sleigh bells at any minute.
It's about a 2.5 mile hike and is easily accessible right from the Ross Prairie parking area. I've attached a video from a previous hike - not much has changed, if anything - and it will give you a good idea of what to expect.
The Ross Prairie Campground and Trailhead is located south of Ocala on SR 200. For more information and directions, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/cfg/Campgrounds.htm.