history

Bartram in Ocala National Forest

In 1765, naturalist William Bartram traveled down the St. Johns and camped along a stretch of the river in what is now the Ocala National Forest. There, he wrote, “…blessed land where the gods have amassed into one heap all the flowering plants, birds, fish and other wildlife of two continents in order to turn the rushing streams, the silent lake shores and the awe-abiding woodlands of this mysterious land into a true garden of Eden.”

Bartram in Ocala National Forest