About the Forest

Sunset from Lake Shore Group Camp

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in Florida manage three national forests: the Apalachicola, Osceola and Ocala. These federal lands span almost 1.2 million acres throughout the state with a $22.5 million dollar annual budget and fewer than 200 employees statewide.

Of that 1.2 million acres, approximately 500,000 are wetlands and more than 85,000 acres are designated federal wilderness areas with no roads and no access permitted except on foot.

Your national forests house more than 3,700 documented archaeological sites and nearly 55 historic sites. The U.S. Forest Service monitors 136 plant species and 36 animal species that are either threatened or endangered.

More than 1,400 miles of recreational trails and 118 developed recreation sites host over than 1.1 million visitors every year.

Want to know more? Get to Know your National Forests in Florida: Fast Facts (PDF)

Questions?

Please call the Forest Supervisor’s Office at 850-523-8500

Spotlights

Your National Forests in Florida

Scrub forest at Salt Springs

Encompassing more than 1.2 million acres, your National Forests in Florida started with the sweep of a pen by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Know your Forest Rules

River Forest Campground

Know before you go! The rules governing recreation in your National Forests aren't hard to follow, but it's up to you to know the rules. Read them here.




https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/florida/about-forest