Recreation

Bonnet Pond, Trail of Lakes

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

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Apalachee Savannahs Scenic Byway Open to Visitor
Apalachicola Ranger District Open to Visitor
Apalachicola River Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Big Bend Scenic Byway Open to Visitor
Big Gully Landing Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Bradwell Bay Wilderness Open to Visitor Contact the Wakulla Ranger District.
Brown House Hunt Camp Open to Visitor
Buckhorn Hunt Camp Open to Visitor
Camel Lake Open to Visitor
Cliff Lake Hunt Camp Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Cotton Landing Open to Visitor
Florida National Scenic Trail Open to Visitor
GF&A Trail Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Harpers Hunt Camp Open to Visitor
Hickory Landing Open to Visitor
Hitchcock Lake Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Kennedy Creek Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Langston House Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Leon Sinks Geological Area Open to Visitor The boardwalk/platforms are closed at Hammocks Sink and along the crossover trail.
Log Landing Trailhead Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Lost Creek Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael. When it reopens, please check river levels before going out. Water levels over 4.5 feet should be good paddling.
Mack Landing Open to Visitor
Magnolia Landing Closed to Visitor
Mud Swamp/New River Wilderness Open to Visitor
Munson Hills Mountain Bike Trailhead Open to Visitor
Ochlockonee River Closed to Visitor Check river levels before going out.
Otter Hunt Camp Open to Visitor
Owl Creek Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Pine Creek Landing Open 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 Open to Visitor
Porter Lake Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Prospect Bluff Historic Sites Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Revell Landing Open to Visitor
River Styx Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Silver Lake OHV Trailhead Open to Visitor
Silver Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Silver Lake Trail Open to Visitor
Smith Creek Landing Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Sopchoppy River Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael. When it reopens, check river levels before going out. Water levels between 10 and 14 feet make for good paddling.
Springhill Motorcycle Trailhead Open to Visitor
St. Marks Trail Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Trail of Lakes Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Trout Pond Trailhead Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Twin Poles Hunt Camp Open to Visitor
Upper Sopchoppy River Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
White Oak Landing Open to Visitor
Whitehead Landing Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.
Wood Lake Open to Visitor
Wright Lake Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael. When it opens it will open October 1 - May 31. 
Wright Lake Loop Trail Closed to Visitor This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.

Spotlights

Sopchoppy River

Sopchoppy River

This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.

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.

Wright Lake

Trumpet pitcher plants near Wright Lake

This area is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Michael.

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.

Areas & Activities


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