Recreation Passes & Permits

There are many types of authorizations, passes, or permits that an individual may be required to have or may find beneficial to have in using national forest lands. National Forests provide for a variety of resources and activities that the public is interested in for personal or commercial reasons.

Recreation Area Passes

Apalachicola National Forest Annual Pass - $40 per vehicle per year; good for one year from month of purchase; second pass may be purchased for $30; additional passes are $40.

Passes are good at:

Only good on the Apalachicola National Forest.

OHV Trail Passes

OHV 3 Day Trail Pass

For ATV and other off-road vehicle use. $10 per person for 3 days. Good on the Apalachicola and Ocala National Forests. 

OHV Annual Pass

For ATV and other off-road vehicle use. $75 per year; good for one year from month of purchase. The pass is good on OHV trails on both the Apalachicola and Ocala National Forests. (Osceola National Forest roads open to OHVs are free.) Purchase is per person, not vehicle.


Important Information

OHV Training

All riders 16 and under must take and pass an online course in OHV safety before using the trails in the National Forests in Florida. These courses are administered by several state-approved agencies and, depending on the curriculum, can be taken in person or online.

Take a free online ATV safety course from the ATV Safety Institute

All riders 16 and under must carry with them a certification card of the ATV safety course they have completed, or they will not be allowed to obtain an OHV permit or ride in the National Forests in Florida.

Riding Restrictions

  • OHVs must stay on the designated trails. All cross-country travel by a motorized vehicle, including OHVs, is prohibited. 
  • No mudding or destruction of resources is allowed.
  • Except on sections designated on the trails, all roads are closed to non-street legal OHVs.
  • It is not legal to “cut donuts” in roads or ride road cut banks and fill slopes.
  • It is not legal for riders to make their own trails.
  • Trailheads close at dusk. No night-riding allowed.
  • Alcohol is prohibited in day-use areas.
  • Riding double is not allowed unless the vehicle is designed for more than one passenger (such as a utility vehicle).
  • Users are encouraged to keep tread depth to a maximum of 1 inch. This will help prevent soil displacement and reduce trail maintenance costs.


  • Riders should wear appropriate safety gear, carry a first aid kit and ride with caution.
  • The trails are two-way and provide a primitive trail experience. Blind turns, hikers, down trees, other riders and horses should be anticipated.
  • Riding fast is hazardous and is not recommended.
  • It is unlawful to operate an OHV under the influence of drugs or alcohol or in such a manner that endangers the safety of others.
  • Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet, goggles and boots, attend a state-approved OHV safety course and be supervised by an adult.

Required Equipment, Title and Fees

America the Beautiful Interagency Recreation Passes

A pass is your ticket to more than 2000 Federal Recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. A pass covers entrance and standard amenity fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to 4 adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 and under are admitted free.

To learn more about the different types of passes, and to purchase American the Beautiful Passes, please visit

Hunting/Fishing Licenses and Permits

Although the Apalachicola National Forest works in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), we do not issue hunting/fishing licenses or Wildlife Management Area permits. You may purchase these at local outfitters or online from FWC.  However there is one exception to this and that is the Juniper Creek Family Hunt Area. This area hosts deer and turkey family hunts and you must be drawn for a zone tag issued by the Apalachicola National Forest to participate in any of these hunts. Applications for these family hunts are available under the “Quick Links” section of the Apalachicola NF Home page.