Military reservations are lands managed by a branch of the military, such as Air Force bases and training camps. Because of Florida’s pivotal role during World War II for training aviators, we have many military bases around the state, some of which have reservations surrounding them that permit public access for outdoor recreation when not being used for training exercises. The largest of these is Eglin Air Force Base, which was formerly the Choctawhatchee National Forest.
Outdoor recreation on military reservations generally requires adherence to a clear set of rules, which are posted at entry kiosks and found on their websites. Most reservations require either a permit in advance or a check-in, check-out system for access to their lands. Eglin Air Force Base is the only reservation that requires a permit that carries a fee.
When you plan to hike, bike, paddle, or camp on a military reservation, it’s necessary to call ahead or check online to ensure that the destination you’re headed for is not going to be used for military training when you plan to visit.
Military Reservations in Florida
These military reservations in Florida offer public outdoor recreation on base. It may be necessary for you to pass through a checkpoint and show an ID in order to access recreation at certain bases.
Other military reservations with public outdoor recreation: