Florida National Scenic Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Hiker on the Florida Trail




A 23-mile portion of the statewide Florida National Scenic Trail works its way through the pine forests, scrub, prairies, and swamps of the Osceola National Forest to provide both day hikers and backpackers a varied hiking experience. Several locations along the trail are open to overnight camping, including the Osceola Shelter, one of very few shelters along the Florida Trail. Highlights of the hike include pitcher plant bogs near Turkey Run, the historic Olustee Battlefield, and a variety of boardwalks working their way through sweetgum and cypress swamps.

The FNST has three official trailheads on the Osceola, in order from south to north:


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At a Glance

Operational Hours: 24 hours
Reservations: Primitive camping is first-come, first-served.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Parking
Fees No fees or permits are required.
Permit Info: No fees or permits are required.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Hikers are welcome to camp anywhere in the forest, but during hunting season must stay in a designated camping area. Wear bright orange during hunting seasons.
Closest Towns: Lake City, Jacksonville
Information Center: Learn more about the Florida Trail from the Florida Trail Association


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