Recreation

Bonnet Pond, Trail of Lakes

Florida's largest National Forest, the Apalachicola National Forest, offers recreational opportunities for all interests, with rivers, streams, trails, and forest roads providing access to quiet spots within more than half a million acres of forest heavy on the longleaf pine and wiregrass habitats that have otherwise vanished from most of the southern United States.

Dispersed Camping: Many enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of dispersed camping - camping away from developed campgrounds and other campers. However, no services and little to no facilities are provided. Additional responsibilities and skills may be necessary for a successful trip, and it is your responsibility to know your limits and abilities before you try this experience. Camping rules and regulations apply; they make your experience safe and they keep Forest settings scenic and unspoiled for fellow campers.

Want to see a full-screen interactive map of the Apalachicola? Click here.

The new Interactive Visitor Map is a work in progress. We will continue to update it with additional information as it becomes available. The map currently includes information for most National Forest recreation sites and roads.

Pets: Dogs are welcome on the forest, but are required to be on a leash at all times. Dogs are not allowed on the beach at swimming areas. 

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Apalachee Savannahs Scenic Byway Closed to Visitor
Apalachicola Ranger District Closed to Visitor
Apalachicola River Closed to Visitor
Big Bend Scenic Byway Closed to Visitor
Big Gully Landing Closed to Visitor
Bradwell Bay Wilderness Closed to Visitor Contact the Wakulla Ranger District.
Brown House Hunt Camp Closed to Visitor
Buckhorn Hunt Camp Closed to Visitor
Camel Lake Closed to Visitor
Cliff Lake Hunt Camp Closed to Visitor
Cotton Landing Closed to Visitor
Florida National Scenic Trail Closed to Visitor
GF&A Trail Closed to Visitor
Harpers Hunt Camp Closed to Visitor
Hickory Landing Closed to Visitor
Hitchcock Lake Closed to Visitor
Kennedy Creek Closed to Visitor
Langston House Closed to Visitor
Leon Sinks Geological Area Closed to Visitor
Log Landing Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Lost Creek Closed to Visitor Check river levels before going out. Water levels over 4.5 feet should be good paddling.
Mack Landing Closed to Visitor
Magnolia Landing Closed to Visitor
Mud Swamp/New River Wilderness Closed to Visitor
Munson Hills Mountain Bike Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Ochlockonee River Closed to Visitor Check river levels before going out.
Otter Hunt Camp Closed to Visitor
Owl Creek Closed to Visitor
Pine Creek Landing Closed to Visitor Until further notice, Pine Creek boat ramp (boat only, not hunt camp) is closed for public health and safety; badly undermined with damage on the surface.
Pope Still Hunt Camp Closed to Visitor
Porter Lake Closed to Visitor
Prospect Bluff Historic Sites Closed to Visitor 03/13/2017: Prospect Bluff is closed Wednesday and Thursday of each week, and open Friday through Tuesday until 6PM.
Revell Landing Closed to Visitor
River Styx Closed to Visitor
Silver Lake OHV Trailhead Closed to Visitor 03/31/2017: Riders are asked to use caution on trails leaving from Springhill. An active timber sale is underway that may intermittently impact the trail. Please be aware of your surroundings and comply with any trail closures you may come upon.
Silver Lake Recreation Area Closed to Visitor
Silver Lake Trail Closed to Visitor
Smith Creek Landing Closed to Visitor
Sopchoppy River Closed to Visitor Check river levels before going out. Water levels between 10 and 14 feet make for good paddling.
Springhill Motorcycle Trailhead Closed to Visitor
St. Marks Trail Closed to Visitor
Trail of Lakes Closed to Visitor
Trout Pond Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Twin Poles Hunt Camp Closed to Visitor
Upper Sopchoppy River Closed to Visitor
White Oak Landing Closed to Visitor
Whitehead Landing Closed to Visitor
Wood Lake Closed to Visitor
Wright Lake Closed to Visitor Closed. Open October 1 - May 31. 
Wright Lake Loop Trail Closed to Visitor

Spotlights

Wright Lake

Trumpet pitcher plants near Wright Lake

Wright Lake is a quiet scenic lakefront recreation area that offers a host of amenities and activities for campers and day-trippers. The area around the clear, spring-fed lake offers both a day-use area for swimming, picnicking, and hiking, and a campground in a beautiful forest setting along one portion of the lakeshore. It is perfect for fishing and boating. Swimmers can enjoy the white sand beach, and a nearby bathhouse includes flush toilets and hot showers. Picnic tables and grills are scattered among trees with views of the lake.

The campground includes 18 campsites with picnic tables, grills, tent pads and fire rings. The recreation area is fairly level and easily accessible. Hikers can enjoy a 4.6-mile interpretive trail that circles the lake.

Check out our brochure to learn more about all there is to do around Wright Lake! (pdf)

Silver Lake Recreation Area

Silver Lake

Located 8 miles west of Tallahassee on State Highway 20, Silver Lake is the largest recreation area in the Apalachicola National Forest. Large pine and moss-draped cypress create a beautiful backdrop for a spring-fed lake.

People most often visit here to picnic at one of 45 picnic tables, swim off the 250-foot white sand beach, or hike the mile-long interpretive trail. Nonmotorized boats are allowed on the 15-acre lake where you might reel-in a largemouth bass, brim, or catfish.

The landscape consists mostly of a longleaf pine and hardwood hammock forest. Bald eagles and songbirds are at home in this longleaf pine forest that also makes room for cypress, tupelo trees, turkey oak, and palmettos. Rare species of plants and animals can be found at Silver Lake, but the observant visitor is more likely to see turtles, alligators, bears, turkeys, and armadillos.

Silver Lake is in the Munson Sandhills, which are composed of deep dry sands that have accumulated over limestone. Because the sand absorbs rainfall so completely, wetlands are relatively rare in this part of the forest. In places, the limestone dissolves and collapses, forming the depressions and ponds, lakes and sinkholes that are common in the area.

Camping is not allowed at Silver Lake, but restrooms are available. A host lives on the site year-round.

Sopchoppy River

Sopchoppy River

With its headwaters arising on the Apalachicola National Forest, the Sopchoppy River is a local favorite with non-motorized paddlers. Although some hardy paddlers put in at the top of Bradwell Bay Wilderness on Forest Highway 13 and paddle the six miles down to Forest Road 346, low flows and twisty turns can make this a challenging trip.

Areas & Activities


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/apalachicola/recreation