Driving the Byway
The Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway consists of the byway itself, two spurs, and a loop.
To travel the SR 40 part of the byway (60.5 miles):
- Start the byway at the intersection of State Road (SR) 40 and SR 35 approximately one-half mile east of the city limits of the City of Ocala.
- From Ocala, travel east on State Road 40 into the Ocala National Forest.
- In the Ocala National Forest, State Road 40 turns into Fort Brooks Road.
- Leaving the Ocala National Forest, Fort Brooks Road turns back into SR 40.
- The byway ends near the intersection of SR 40 and Interstate 95 in the City of Ormond Beach.
To travel the northern spur of the byway (32.3 miles):
- Start at the intersection of SR 19 and SR 40 in Ocala National Forest.
- Travel north on SR 19 for 32.3 miles to the intersection of SR 19 and Buckman Lock Road, where the spur ends.
To travel the southern spur of the byway (2.5 miles):
- Instead of turning north on SR 19 at the intersection with SR 40, turn south.
- Follow SR 19 south through the Ocala National Forest.
- The terminus of the south SR 19 spur is located at the southern boundary of the Ocala National Forest.
To travel the Alexander Springs Loop of the byway (20.9 miles):
- Begin at the intersection of SR 40 and SR 19.
- Follow SR 19 south from SR 40 for 9.4 miles to the intersection with Lake County Road 445.
- Follow Lake County Road 445 east and north for 11 miles to the intersection with Lake County Road 445-A.
- Take Lake County Road 445-A northeast for 0.5 miles to the intersection with SR 40.
- The intersection of Lake County Road 445-A with SR 40 is located 4.8 miles east of the intersection of SR 40 and SR 19.
The 7.2 mile Fort Gates Ferry Spur is used to provide access to the historic ferry crossing on the St. Johns River. It is unpaved and consists of US Forest Service Road 43. The spur begins at the intersection of Forest Road 43 and the North State Road 10 Spur in Salt Springs, and runs north and east to the St. Johns River.