On my way into Ocala National Forest I sometimes pass by the town of Eureka in Marion County. Along this route I like to drive over the Highway 316 bridge. It is a very tall bridge that spans the Ocklawaha River. It is so tall that even some of the locals have named it “Eureka Mountain”. I found out that the reason that it is so large is because the bridge was originally intended to allow the barges to go under as part of the Cross Florida Barge Canal.
I like to take in the scenic views of the surrounding forest as I cross over the top of the bridge. Towards the bottom there is a side road that leads you underneath the bridge where you can find a boat ramp. I like to park there and walk around down by the river for some interesting perspectives of the bridge.
The next time you are in this part of Ocala National Forest be sure to check this out! Located just a few miles east of Fort McCoy on Hwy 316 where the Ocklawaha River is.