Skip to main content

Florida Black Bear Scenic Route 19

57.9 miles: 1 hours, 25 minutes

The Ocala National Forest, said to have the world’s largest sand pine stand, dominates your journey on Florida Black Bear Scenic Route 19 (SR 19/FR 43). After crossing a swampy network of creeks, the forest gives way to pine flatwoods with a dense understory and an open canopy forest. A short, unpaved detour leads to Fort Gates Ferry and picturesque St. Johns River.


White-sand, side roads and rural ranches seldom interrupt your Florida Black Bear Scenic Route 19 excursion past continuous and open canopies of palmettos, longleaf and sand pine, and oaks draped with moss and vines. Aquatic plants hug cypress trees and branches overhang murky water in the swampy area near Ocklawaha River and surrounding creeks.


Travel Like an Expert with AAA and Trip Canvas

Get Ideas from the Pros

As one of the largest travel agencies in North America, we have a wealth of recommendations to share! Browse our articles and videos for inspiration, or dive right in with preplanned AAA Road Trips, cruises and vacation tours.

Build and Research Your Options

Save and organize every aspect of your trip including cruises, hotels, activities, transportation and more. Book hotels confidently using our AAA Diamond Designations and verified reviews.

Book Everything in One Place

From cruises to day tours, buy all parts of your vacation in one transaction, or work with our nationwide network of AAA Travel Agents to secure the trip of your dreams!