Tips for Visiting the National Forests in Florida

Tallahassee, FL, November 23, 2020 – The holidays are approaching and it’s a great time to get outdoors. A little preparation will help you make the most of your time. Here are some tips for new visitors to the National Forests in Florida:

  • Check to make sure that the area you plan to visit is open; some recreation sites are temporarily closed and some services will not available during the pandemic. Visit the National Forests in Florida website and search ‘Recreation’ or call the ranger station of the forest you intend to visit:

Apalachicola National Forest

Ocala National Forest

Osceola National Forest

  • Bring maps and make sure you understand the regulations for the activity you plan to pursue. Motor vehicle use maps (MVUMs) are free and available online; these maps will help you determine that the trail you intend to visit is open and appropriate for your type of vehicle. 
  • Check the weather and dress for changing conditions.
  • Fall is hunting season, and there may be hunters where you are recreating. Wear bright, florescent colors to increase your visibility.
  • Remember that more recreationists are outdoors around the holidays and you may encounter groups of people. Follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines: wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of distance whenever possible.
  • Check your backpack. Services may be limited; consider bringing drinking water, a raincoat, sunscreen, insect repellent, maps, snacks, a trash bag and hand sanitizer.

Opt outside and create memories this holiday season! #ItsAllYours.