The smallest of Florida’s national forests, the Osceola National Forest carries the weight of history hidden in its dense stands of longleaf pine.
It was here that Union and Confederate forces met in Florida’s largest battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Olustee. The hallowed ground of the battlefield was protected soon after, with the national forest established in 1931. Backpack the Florida Trail or amble down one of several nature trails to discover clues from turpentine and logging history deep in the woods. Forest roads are open for bicycling. Ocean Pond is a popular camping area.