National Forests in Florida

The Apalachicola, Osceola, and Ocala National Forests provide outdoor enthusiasts with plenty of choices for outdoor recreation.

It was in the Ocala National Forest that the Florida Trail got its start in 1966, and today it remains one of the favored destinations for backpackers, a 72-mile stretch of immersion in pine forests and the Big Scrub. There are many shorter trails to explore, too.

The Osceola National Forest is the smallest of the three, with nature trails and a 20-mile segment of the Florida Trail. Some of the most remote wilderness hiking in Florida is in the Apalachicola National Forest.

What to see and do in the National Forests in Florida

  • Wright Lake Trail pitcher plants Apalachicola National Forest - The Apalachicola National Forest is the largest National Forest in Florida, sweeping around the southern edge of Tallahassee. Botanical beauty and wilderness draw hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts to the vast trail systems within the forest.
  • Florida Trail north of Farles Prairie Ocala National Forest - Established in 1908 as the first National Forest east of the Mississippi, the Ocala National Forest is a mecca for hikers as the birthplace of the Florida Trail.
  • Mount Carrie Wayside Osceola National Forest - The smallest of Florida's national forests, the Osceola National Forest carries the weight of history hidden in its dense stands of longleaf pine.