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.

Find Your Adventure

The National Forests in Florida manage three national forests: 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.

  • Florida National Scenic Trail

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    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.


Volunteer with the National Forests in Florida!

Forest Service Volunteer

Explore the volunteer opportunities on the Apalachicola, Ocala, Osceola National Forests and the Florida National Scenic Trail.

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Bear Safety

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.

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  • Get 'Fired' Up

    National Wildland Firefighter Day.

    Tread lightly.

    Smokey Bear.

    Get Fired Up! In this video, learn how you can become a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service.

    The Heart of a Firefighter. In this video, see how brave wildland firefighters protect our forests, communities and natural resources.