About the Forest

Located between Lake City and Jacksonville and bisected by Interstate 10, the Osceola National Forest is Florida's northernmost and smallest national forest. Nearly 200,000 acres are protected by the boundaries of the Osceola National Forest, including several wildneress areas and a wildlife corridor that stretches north towards Georgia and the Okeefenokee Swamp.

Among the significant landscapes found here are the Pinhook Swamp, a moasic of wet pine flatwoods and pocusin swamp along the forest's northern boundary; Big Gum Swamp, a wilderness area with more than 13,000 acres of cypress-sweetgum swamp, found near the center of the forest; and Ocean Pond, a large, shallow lake popular for recreation and important in Florida's Civil War history.

Off-road vehicles are welcome to use unpaved forest roads to explore the forest, except where boundary markers indicate otherwise. Forest roads may be walked, bicycled, or explored on horseback as well. There is one designated trail for backpackers, a 20-mile segment of the Florida Trail stretching from Deep Creek to Olustee Battlefield, as well as several nature trails for all ages.