National Forests in Florida
Welcome to the National Forests in Florida
The Ocala, Osceola and Apalachicola National Forests have something special in store for you.
If you're anywhere near Florida, you'll want to take the time to explore your national forests.
The National Forests in Florida manage three national forests: the Apalachicola, Osceola and Ocala. Combined, these national forest lands span almost 1.2 million acres in north and central Florida. That 1.2 million acres includes about 500,000 acres of wetlands and more than 85,000 acres of designated federal wilderness. More than 1,400 miles of trails and 118 developed recreation sites host more than 1.1 million visitors every year.
Florida’s national forests also house more than 3,700 documented archaeological sites and nearly 55 historic sites. Our employees also care for 136 plant species and 36 animal species that are either threatened or endangered.
The Apalachicola National Forest, just outside Tallahassee, is home to some of the most unique animal and plant species in the world. Here, visitors can enjoy safe, family-friendly activities such as fishing, hunting, hiking and trail-riding while surrounded by tranquil, diverse ecosystems.
Nestled between well-known theme parks and white, sandy beaches, the jewels of the Ocala National Forest attract visitors from around the world. A travel destination in its own right, the Ocala features more than 600 lakes and rivers where visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, snorkeling, canoeing and boating.
The Osceola National Forest, west of Jacksonville, is a peaceful place where people come to escape their busy lives and reconnect with the land.
Flatwoods and swamps transport visitors back in time and provide a tranquil setting for first-rate hunting, fishing and swimming opportunities.
The Florida National Scenic Trail, better known as the Florida Trail, is a federally-designated, non-motorized recreation trail that meanders approximately 1,500 miles across some of the most beautiful, unique landscapes in the entire country.
Explore the volunteer opportunities on the Apalachicola, Ocala, Osceola National Forests and the Florida National Scenic Trail.
Interactions between campers and Florida black bears are on the increase. Learn what you must do to store food properly and help keep the bears where they belong.