Marion County

Marion County was established from portions of Alachua and Mosquito (Orange) Counties in 1844 and named for General Francis Marion, "Swamp Fox" of the Revolutionary War. 

Marion County is located in Central Florida south of Gainesville bordering Citrus, Sumter, Lake, Volusia, Putnam, Alachua and Levy Counties. 

Marion County Florida Image Map
Population - 2000
258,916
Population - 2010
331,303
Population - 2015 Est
341,205
Land Area (sq mi)
1,585
Water Area (sq mi)
78
Total Area (sq mi)
1,663
Average Rainfall
52
Temperature - Average High
81
Temperature - Average Low
59

Eureka West Recreation Area is a great outdoor, family-friendly place that offers exciting experiences like boating and fishing. The state park is wheelchair accessible. It also has a picnic pavilion and a boat ramp that is open 24 hours a day. The park itself is open from sunrise to sunset. Located in Marion County the park is about 4 miles north of State County Road 316 on the east side of Fort McCoy. 

Whether you're hiking, picnicking, or just looking for a place to take in some fresh air on a mid-morning run, the Historic Santos Recreation Area has an activity waiting for you. Located near a former historic Negro League baseball field, the site offers plenty of recreational opportunities, as well as an annual celebration of Historic Santos on the last Saturday in February. 

The Landbridge Trailhead is the first of its kind, providing access to the I-75 Landbridge over stunning natural trails. The trailhead was designed to minimize ecological damage to the surrounding area and is framed with native plants. The trail boasts a unique parking experience with natural bike trails, hiking trails, horseback rides, and shaded picnic areas to explore.

Marion County School District is headquartered in Ocala, Florida. The school district has authority over approximately 60 schools in the area, including charter schools and special needs schools.

Born from an incomplete barge canal that would have connected the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico through northern Florida, the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway is now a protected greenway with diverse wildlife and a multi-use trail that spans 300 miles.

A state park with one of Florida's largest springs, pumping out water at a rate of 400 million gallons per day. With up to 18 feet of depth and crystal clear, blue waters, snorkelers have a great opportunity to experience the bountiful wildlife that inhabit the springs. Additionally, hiking, kayaking, tubing, and camping are popular activities at this park with 10,000 years of history, abundant with lush gardens, waterfalls, and scenic views.

The Ross Prairie Trailhead & Campground allows guests to hike, camp, horseback ride, and picnic. Some of amenities on site include restroom facilities, campgrounds, and a picnic pavilion. 

Santos Trailhead and Campground has the best mountain biking experience in Florida! 80 miles of single-track bike trails for all levels of experience. There are built "wooden" features and a Vortex Freeride area built in a former limerock quarry that provide extreme terrains in Florida's flatlands. There are several bike stops along the trails for bike repairs, or refreshments, as well as picnic pavilions, bike wash stations, and restrooms at the top of the track to rest and recoup for the riders. Santos Trailhead and Campground also offers other trails and camping areas leading into the Ocala National Forest. Whether you are looking for a place to take your mountain bike, or just a scenic family outing, the Trailhead and Campground has something for everyone. 

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This is a country radio station that covers 14 counties in Florida playing a variety of today's best country hits. Listen to win concert tickets and other prizes, or text 877-937-7883 for song requests, questions, or comments. 

The mission of The Cornerstone School is to inspire students to be passionate learners who think creatively and independently, and to nurture in them a sense of purpose guided by the values of tolerance, integrity, and mutual respect.

There are quite a few attractions here at Easy Street Ocala. Lazer Maze is their newest attraction where when the lights go down, the laser beams pop up to create a maze. Can you make it through the maze without bumping one of the laser beams? Also featured here is a game called Water Wars, which is essentially the ultimate water balloon challenge and whoever is the driest wins. Along with a rock wall, a kid zone, arcade, go karts, and mini golf, it's really easy to spend an entire day here with the family and having fun. 

E.A.R.S., or Endangered Animal Rescue Society of Central Florida, is a refuge for lions, tigers, cougars, bears, and primates.

These are two local gated parks that large and small dogs can come to. They are closed on Wednesdays & Thursdays. 

Marion County includes 40 Parks Sites which feature boating, swimming, sports fields, hiking trails, and “one-of-a-kind” play areas for children. Some key locations include the Rainbow River, Brick City Adventure Park, John Van Fleet Sports Complex, and Horseshoe Lake Park and Retreat. Take a break from technology with the amenities of nature and reconnect with the world around you.

The Marion County Public Library System has 8 branches, 3 in Ocala and 1 in Belleview, Dunnellon, Ocklawaha, McCoy, and Reddick. The headquarters is in Ocala.

The Ocala Civic Theatre is a community theatre located in the Appleton Cultural Center in Ocala. It is one of the largest community theatres in Florida. 

Paddock Mall is Ocala's only indoor mall. It has lots of great shops to choose from so you can shop for every occasion in this comfortable space. Come to the mall for some of their special events or just for a fun day out.

CHEA is a wonderful way to stay connected to other homeschooling families. We have much to offer your family in the area of resources, field trips, clubs, activities and much more. 

An online and offline group for all homeschooling families grades K-12 who live in Ocala and surrounding areas. We welcome all homeschoolers, regardless of homeschooling method, group affiliate or religion (or lack of one).