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Florida has three National Forests, and all three provide distinctly different perspectives on Florida while offering extensive hiking and camping opportunities.
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.
Recreation in our National Forests in Florida
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