Big Camp Hunt Camp

Area Status: Open

Situated in the Osceola National Forest, the Big Camp Hunt Camp is the perfect location to get back to nature. Enjoy this primitive camping area on the north edge of the Big Gum Swamp Wilderness.


  • This area is a perfect and spacious location for larger hunting groups or just individuals trying to catch their game. 

Big Gump Wilderness Area Information

This large, nearly level area consists primarily of a poorly drained to very poorly drained freshwater swamp of cypress and gum. The surface is a thick, spongy mat of organic material, sluggishly cut by a few shallow sloughs. Longleaf and slash pine flatwoods with a dense understory of saw palmetto, gallberry and bay form the perimeter of the swamp. Loggers made off with most of the original timber between 1915 and 1920, and earthen railroad trams, some of which are still visible, penetrated the interior. Over time, all signs of human intrusion into the swamp have greatly subsided. However, you might find remnants of naval stores or “turpentining” operations that began in the area in the late 1800s and early 1900s.


  • A designated hiking trail makes a loop through the drier pine flatwoods of the perimeter on the west-northwestern side. Boggy terrain, dense vegetation, insects and warm, humid conditions make travel here extremely challenging - exacerbated by the fact that the trails are not maintained (your best bet is to follow one of the many old logging roads). On the northwest side, an old road tunnels through a stand of massive live oaks that tower overhead.

Wilderness areas are the most protected public lands in America. To learn more, please visit

At a Glance

Operational Hours: First come, first served
Usage: Light
Restrictions: General gun season runs from mid-November to early January. Durings this time, all camping is restricted to designated hunt camps and Ocean Pond Campground.
Closest Towns: Lake City

General Information

General Notes:


  • Parking
  • Portable toilets during hunting season

Licenses and Passes

Camping – Dispersed/Primitive Camping 

  • Many people enjoy this solitude and primitive experience, but knowing your limits, skills and abilities is a must. Following certain rules and regulations will help make your experience safer and ensure settings remain unspoiled.  




Group Camping

Dispersed Camping

Small Game Hunting

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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