Hikers at the Eaton Creek trailhead kiosk

Most of the Osceola's recreation areas are close to the southern and western edges of the forest, especially near Ocean Pond. With its many wilderness areas and dense interior swamps, the Osceola is a prime location for nature study.

Dispersed Camping: Many people enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of dispersed camping - camping away from developed campgrounds and other campers with few services or facilities. Additional skills are necessary for a successful trip. It is your responsibility to know your limits and abilities before you try this experience. Certain rules and regulations will make your experience safe and ensure settings remain scenic and unspoiled.

A full-screen interactive map of the Osceola is available here.

Pets: Dogs are welcome on the forest, but must be leashed 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