Dispersed Camping

Many people enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of dispersed camping - camping away from developed campgrounds and other campers with few services or facilities. Additional skills are necessary for a successful trip. It is your responsibility to know your limits and abilities before you try this experience. Certain rules and regulations will make your experience safe and ensure settings remain scenic and unspoiled.

  1. Leave No Trace.
  2. Be Bear Aware. 
  3. Minimize Waste.
    1. Pack it in, pack it out. Dispose of all garbage in proper receptacles.
    2. Bury all human and pet waste at least 6 inches deep and at least 100 feet away from any water source.
  4. Camp Considerately.
    1. Dispersed camping is not allowed in the vicinity of developed recreation areas or less than 100 feet from streams and other water sources.
    2. Pick a previously used site. Plants, soil and wildlife are impacted by new campsites.
    3. Make your campsite less visible, so other visitors can experience a “wild” setting.
    4. Avoid camping in the middle of a clearing or meadow.
    5. Be aware of forest boundaries. Get permission before camping on private property.
  5. Control your Campfire.
    1. Do not camp in an area with campfire restrictions listed under Alerts & Notices and Forest Supervisor's Orders.
    2. Use existing fire rings, fire pans or mound fires to minimize scarring rocks, soil and plants.
    3. Gather and use down and dead firewood. Do not cut standing trees or limbs off standing trees.
    4. Burn all wood and coals down to ashes.
    5. Make sure campfires are dead out and cold to the touch before leaving. Douse them with water and stir with a shovel.
  6. Know the Rules.
    1. Generally, there is a 14-day per month stay limit on the National Forests in Florida. Establishing residency is against federal regulation.
    2. Groups of over 75 people must obtain a special use permit from the nearest national forest office.
    3. Pets are welcome in most areas but must be kept on a leash.
    4. Camping is allowed only in designated campsites during general gun season, as defined in Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulations for the Wildlife Management Areas.

Dispersed Camping Areas

  • Apalachicola National Forest
  • Big Gully Landing
  • Cotton Landing
  • Kennedy Creek
  • Smith Creek Landing
  • White Oak Landing
  • Bradwell Bay Wilderness
  • Brown House Hunt Camp
  • Buckhorn Hunt Camp
  • Clear Lake Wilderness Study Area
  • Cliff Lake Hunt Camp
  • Harpers Hunt Camp
  • Mud Swamp/New River Wilderness
  • Magnolia Landing
  • Hitchcock Lake
  • Pine Creek Landing
  • Revell Landing
  • Wood Lake
  • Otter Hunt Camp
  • Pope Still Hunt Camp
  • Twin Poles Hunt Camp
  • Ocala National Forest
  • Alexander Springs Wilderness
  • Billie Bay Wilderness
  • Davenport Landing
  • Davenport Landing Trail
  • Juniper Prairie Wilderness
  • Little Lake George Wilderness
  • St. Francis Trailhead
  • Osceola National Forest
  • Big Camp Hunt Camp
  • Big Gum Swamp Wilderness
  • Cobb Hunt Camp
  • East Tower Hunt Camp
  • Sandhill Hunt Camp
  • Seventeen Mile Hunt Camp
  • West Tower Hunt Camp
  • Wiggins Hunt Camp

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities