Silver Lake OHV Trailhead

Area Status: Open

Two OHV riders are driving through the forest.

Off-highway vehicle (OHV) trailhead access for the all terrain vehicle (ATV) trail system. The parking area is located inside Silver Lake Recreation Area, off to the right as you enter the recreation area.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (summer) and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (winter).
Fees: 3-day, 7-day and annual passes are available online
Permit Info: A pass is required to ride OHV trails in the Apalachicola National Forest. Buy yours online before you go.
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Riders under 16 must pass an online course before riding our trails.
Closest Towns: Tallahassee
Passes: To ride our OHV trails, you’ll need a pass and safety gear. Our OHV web page has all the information you need for a safe, enjoyable trip. 

General Information

General Notes:

Different vehicles are allowed on different roads, depending on state and county rules and regulations.

Vehicles allowed on Apalachicola OHV trails

  • Licensed vehicles registered with the state, legal on public roads. Display metal license plate with serially numbered validation decal. Carry registration certificate.
  • Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) includes all terrain vehicles (ATVs) or off highway motorcycles (OHMs) not registered or licensed for use on public roads.
  • Recreational off highway vehicles (ROVs) includes motorized vehicles 60 inches or less in width, dry weight 1,500 pounds or less, four non-highway tires, non-straddle seating, steering wheel, manufactured for recreation use by one or more persons.

Roads / trails and vehicles allowed

  • Numbered roads
    • Open to licensed vehicles only.
    • No OHVs except on mixed-use roads.
    • Low maintenance roads have vertical numbers on brown fiberglass posts.
    • Higher maintenance roads have horizontal numbers on wood posts.
  • Unumbered roads
    • Not open for motor vehicle use (licensed or unlicensed).
  • Mixed-use roads
    • Open to both licensed and unlicensed vehicles.
  • Liberty County
    • Marked by brown fiberglass posts, the road number (3 digits) and a Jeep symbol.
    • These are unmaintained system roads for 4x4 and ATV use during hunting season.
    • No permit required.
  • Leon County
    • Parts of the OHV trail system are on numbered roads.
    • These mixed use roads (30 mph speed limit) have both licensed and unlicensed vehicles.
    • Marked with yellow or white posts, the road number (3 digits). and a Jeep symbol.
    • Mixed use is allowed on numbered roads from one section of OHV trail to another, not the full length of the road.
  • OHV trails--only in Leon County
    • Only OHVs allowed with required OHV pass.
    • Travel is two way on all trails.
    • Trails marked with yellow or white fiberglass posts and trail number (1 or 2 digits) and ATV or motorcycle symbol.
      • Yellow OHV trails allows ATVs, ROVs and motorcycles (55 miles)
      • White OHV trails allows motorcycles only (56 miles)

Please drive safely. Be considerate of other users. Stay on trails.

Call 850-576-5205, ext. 6611 to report missing or damaged road or trail numbers.

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