Deep in the heart of an ancient swamp, the Goethe Giant – one of Florida’s largest cypress trees – stands tall at the end of a boardwalk in Goethe State Forest.
Goethe State Forest
Hiking, biking, paddling, camping, and other outdoor recreation in Goethe State Forest. Encompassing nearly 54,000 acres between Dunnellon, Bronson, and Otter Creek, Goethe State Forest has an extensive network of equestrian trails through long-standing pine plantations and along mazy floodplain forests.
Headquarters Address: 9110 SE CR 337, Dunnellon
Land Manager: Florida Forest Service
Looping around a cypress-lined pond in the midst of pine flatwoods northwest of Dunnellon, the Buck Island Pond Trail at Goethe State Forest has quite a few interesting features, including a pitcher plant bog.
With more than 4,200 acres in this FWC Wildlife Environmental Area, Watermelon Pond WEA offers both solitude and scenery along a vast system of prairie habitats.