Apalachicola National Forest

Bonnet Pond, Trail of LakesLocated just south of Tallahassee, the Apalachicola National Forest is Florida's largest National Forest, spanning 571,088 acres. It is a place of botanical splendor, with virgin stands of pines and cypress, vast pitcher plant savannas, and extensive forests of longleaf pine crucial for survival of the red-cockaded woodpecker.

The Apalachicola National Forest includes six watersheds and more than 2,500 acres of water, encompassing the Apalachicola River, New River, Ochlockonee, Sopchoppy, Lost Creek, and Wakulla River basins. A steady flow of fresh water from upland areas feeds the productive coastal nurseries of Apalachicola Bay and Ochlockonee Bay, both known for their shellfish and commercial seafood operations.

Outdoor recreation in the forest includes a wide spectrum of activities, from kayaking and canoeing the waterways to mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting and fishing, ATV and motorbike riding, backpacking, and some of the best birding and botanical study in Florida.

For full details about the Apalachicola National Forest, including historic and archaeological background, locations of hunt camps, recreation areas, and the maps to get you where you want to go, please explore the Apalachicola National Forest website.