Welcome to North Central Florida
Your Rustic Retreat in the Horse Capital of the World
Little Ridge Ranch is a 10 acre rural property with two houses, rent one or both (depending on availability). We are conveniently close and equidistant to Gainesville and Ocala and close to the University of Florida, HITS, the World Equestrian Center, the world class diving destinations of Devils Den and Blue Grotto. Kayak /tube down the Rainbow River or swim in any of the local natural springs and visit the local Antique Stores. LRR is located on a beautiful quiet road lined with massive majestic Oak trees.
Both homes are recently renovated and beautifully furnished 3 bedroom, 2 bath homes (also sofa bed in Living room) with stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer and a huge screened porch with gas BBQ grill. Our rural setting offers the ultimate in Social Distancing while still having shopping close by.
Feel free to walk and explore the property. Enjoy the star lit quiet nights around the fire pit. Keep an eye out for for Turkeys, Sandhill Cranes, Hawks and all kinds of birds (including the occasional Eagle). Kids and adults love our chickens and sheep (with 3 new baby lambs born March 2021). The rural roads offer a great place to walk, run or bicycle through the countryside. In addition to our chickens and sheep and our neighbors have cattle and goats.
If you would like to bring your horses (check ahead for availability) we have 2 horse stalls, 2 large paddocks and a 6 acre pasture where you can ride or you may want to go to Goethe State Forest.
Due to COVID-19 we are committed to a higher standard of cleanliness and hygiene which includes a thorough cleaning followed by sanitizing all frequently touched surfaces in compliance with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines.
We are located in the Marion County Small Farm Preservation area. If you have never visited North Florida you will be amazed. the most common comment from first time visitors to the area (especially people familiar with other areas of Florida) is that "This is a Whole Different World"and we are in Marion County which is called the Horse Capital of the World. Highlights of the area are HITS (Horses in the Sun), coming soon the World Equestrian Center (WEC), Scuba and Snorkeling at Devil's Den and Blue Grotto. Visit one of the more than 600 natural springs in North Florida. Most of all enjoy the country, the star lite nights sitting around the fire pit and you will know what we mean when we say "Stay Rural!"
World Equestrian Center- 20 Minutes
HITS/Post Time Farm- 9 Minutes
City of Ocala- 20 Minutes
Devils Den Prehistoric Springs- 6 Miles
Blue Grotto Springs- 6 Miles
Rainbow Springs - 30 Minutes
Orange Blossum Trail Rides 30 Minutes
Two Tails Ranch (Elephant Preserve) 14 Minutes
Kirby Family Farm 7 Minutes
Red White and Blues Blueberry Farm 17 Minutes
In addition to the above be sure to visit NaturalNorthFlorida.com for all kinds of information about all our area has to offer!
We are committed to a higher standard of cleanliness and hygiene for our guests which includes a thorough cleaning followed by sanitizing all frequently touched surfaces with in compliance with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
Whether you are traveling as a group or family Little Ridge Ranch will give you and your family and friends traveling together the perfect private retreat where you can stay and relax. When booking, please let us know a little bit about your trip, is this a family get together? Visiting attractions in the area? Kids, pets, etc. That way we will make sure that we are a good match. We can also send you a guidebook that will help you get the most out of your trip!
Maybe you are attending HITS or just traveling with your horses. We have 2 stalls (more stalls coming soon), 4 paddocks and a large pasture with plenty of room to park your trailers. We are also close to many trails in the area. If you don't have your own horses you can visit some of the excellent equestrian facilities in the area for trail rides and/or lessons.
If you are in the area to dive Blue Grotto or Devil's Den this is the perfect place to relax around the fire pit at the end of the day.
Visiting the University of Florida at Gainesville or the College of Central Florida at Ocala? We are a great place to getaway with the family with all the comfort of home.