About the Forest

Sunset from Lake Shore Group Camp

The National Forests in Florida manages three national forests, the Apalachicola, Osceola and Ocala that span almost 1.2 million acres throughout the state with a $22.5 million dollar annual budget and less than 200 employees statewide.

Of that 1.2 million acres, approximately a half a million are wetlands and over 85,000 acres are designated Federal wilderness areas with no roads and no access permitted except on foot.

Our forests contain more than 3,700 documented archaeological sites and nearly 55 historic sites. We monitor 136 plant species and 36 animal species that are either threatened or endangered.

We oversee more than 1,400 miles of recreational trails and 118 developed recreation sites that see more than 1.1 million visitors every year.

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

Contact: Michelle Burnett, Public Affairs Officer, (850) 523-8568


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.