Recreation

Bonnet Pond, Trail of Lakes

Some of the forest's facilities are closed at the time. Trails and dispersed camping (hunting camps) remain open.

Discover new family-friendly activities for enjoying the outdoors, from hiking to campsites to OHV trails, the Apalachicola National Forest offers recreational opportunities for all interests. Rivers, streams, trails and forest roads provide access to quiet spots within more than 500,000 acres of forest heavy in the longleaf pine and wiregrass habitats that have otherwise vanished from most of the Southeast.

Dispersed Camping: Many enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of dispersed camping away from developed sites and other campers. However, no services and limited facilities are available. For a successful trip, you may need to acquire additional responsibilities and skills. Know your limits and abilities.

Our interactive visitor map includes information about most national forest recreation sites and roads. This product is a work in progress. We will update it as new information becomes available. .

Rules and regulations help keep your experience safe and forest settings scenic and unspoiled for fellow visitors. For example, dogs are welcome on the forest, but they must be kept on a leash at all times and are not allowed on the beach at swimming areas. 

Recreation Conditions Report

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 hiking, and a campground in a beautiful forest setting along one portion of the lakeshore. It is perfect for fishing and boating. Swimmers can also 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! 

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.

Areas & Activities


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