Sparr is a little town of less than 500 people located on a tract of pristine Florida prairie just to the east of Ocala National Forest. The diversity of wildlife that can be observed in the area makes it an ideal spot for nature enthusiasts. In addition to the large amount of migratory birds who arrive in the winter months, there are a number of mammals who are of interest. Bear, deer, fox, racoon, and bobcat all make their home in and around Sparr. It wouldn’t be Florida without alligators, and they can be seen in bodies of water all around the area.
Part of the greater Ocala area, Sparr seems as if it is hundreds of miles away from civilization. There are horse farms in the area that offer horseback riding for those who enjoy equestrian pursuits. There are miles of hiking and biking trails for those who want to challenge themselves in the wild forests of Central Florida. But Sparr is not so wild that there are no modern amenities available. An elementary school, several churches, and number of restaurants and shops are all in town.
There are charming split-ranch style homes that are common in Sparr. Wood fencing runs on either side of most roads where you can catch a glimpse of horses in the surrounding fields. It is the kind of place that would be comfortable for a young family, or a couple who just retired and are seeking a change of pace. Ocala is minutes away and can provide goods and services not found in Sparr. There is still the feel of a pioneer town to Sparr, and it hasn’t grown much since those days. Sparr may not be well known among Florida towns, but its merits are not defined by its size.
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