About the Forest

Proclaimed a national forest in 1936, the Apalachicola National Forest is located in Florida's Panhandle, southwest of Tallahassee and is the largest forest in Florida at 573,521 acres, which includes 2,735 acres of water.

In addition to numerous recreation opportunities on our waterways and trails - including 67 linear miles of the Leon Sinks (area is unavailable), an unusual geological area of caverns and sinkholes, and the Apalachee Savannas, with its stunning displays of wildflowers in open prairies near the Apalachicola River.

For history buffs, a visit to Prospect Bluff, also known as British Fort National Historic Landmark and/or Fort Gadsden, a military fort along the Apalachicola River dating back to the War of 1812, is a must. Original earthworks and interpretive information present the colorful history of this strategic location along the Apalachicola River.

Six watersheds within the Apalachicola provide an abundance of fresh water streams, rivers, lakes, and natural springs.

The Apalachicola National Forest is well-known for its spectacular botanical diversity, including colorful pitcher plant prairies and one of the last extensive longleaf pine and wiregrass communities still in existence. Two wilderness areas will give you an idea what Florida looked like before "civilization" arrived.