The Ocala National Forest is located north of Orlando and is knows for the largest sand pine scrub forest in the world. It is the southernmost forest in continental United States and has more than 600 lakes, natural pools, rivers, and springs for swimming and snorkeling. The climate is agreeable all year round. The Hopkins Prairie campground, with its 21 camp sites, is particularly good for stargazing due to the low light pollution. Note, however, that it’s closed in the summer. A fellow stargazer said of this place: “It’s so dark that the stars light up the sky!”
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!