Hikers at the Eaton Creek trailhead kiosk

Most of the recreation areas in the Osceola National Forest are clustered close to the southern and western edges of the forest, especially around Ocean Pond, a favorite destination for many. With its many wilderness areas and dense interior swamps, the Osceola is a prime location for nature study.

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 Osceola? 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 Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report


Olustee Beach

Come join the fun! Swim along a shallow sandy beach and watch the water birds wade through the cypress. Water ski along the glassy lake or watch the white caps roll in on windy days. You may also enjoy fishing on the pier, picnicking under the hammock, or walk the Trampled Track Trail, which tells the story of Osceola's turpentining history. There are bathrooms and hot showers, picnic tables, grills, drinking water and a group picnic shelter. The sandy beach at Ocean Pond offers a chance to cool off from those hot summer days. Anglers are sure to like the barrier-free pier at the boat launch and parking area. Kayakers can paddle along the cypress that line the perimeter of the lake. Many enjoy the serene atmosphere of this beautiful lake.

Areas & Activities