Managed by the Florida Forest Service, a division of the state Department of Agriculture, the Florida State Forests system encompasses some of Florida’s largest public lands.
It all started in the northwest corner of Florida with Pine Log State Forest, established in 1936, and Blackwater River State Forest, a sweeping landscape of well-managed longleaf pine and wiregrass habitat.
Some state forests are broken into many tracts, like Withlacoochee State Forest. Many have multiple entrances. Some have entrance fees, for which an annual pass is available.
Others charge a fee in developed recreation areas, leaving you to explore the wilderness areas for free.
The Florida State Forest Trailwalker Program enables hikers to collect rewards for walking in the woods on designated Trailwalker Trails. Many of these include portions of the statewide Florida Trail.
The following are our overview pages for state forests that we have hiked, biked, and/or camped in. On the map above, you’ll find trails in additional state forests across Florida.
Favorite State Forest Trails
These trails in Florida State Forests are our favorites. Most of them have unique natural features or fabulous views. Use these as your own starting point for exploration.
Florida State Forests Articles
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