Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System at Tate's Hell State Forest

The Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trail System at Tate’s Hell State Forest provides an opportunity to ride off-highway motorcycles (OHM), all-terrain vehicles (ATV), and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROV) on more that 150 miles of designated trails on existing forest roads. While riding on the trails, forest users can expect to see various ecosystems including cypress/titi swamps, blackwater rivers and pine flatwoods. Various species of wildlife can also be encountered ranging from wading birds to deer.

This OHV riding area was developed in 2005 in cooperation with Franklin County and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This is the first trail system developed under the T. Mark Schmidt Off-Highway Vehicle Safety and Recreation Act of 2002, which was designed to provide the public with more opportunities to ride off-highway vehicles on public lands.

OHV Fees and Permits

Florida Forest Service OHV permits are required for each off-highway motorcycle (OHM), recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV), and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) operating on state forests.

  • Purchase Annual Permits at the Tate’s Hell State Forest office, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. The office is located at 290 Airport Rd., Carrabelle, FL 32322-3059. Contact Us
  • Find out more about Annual Off Highway Vehicle Fees [ Adobe PDF Document 128.01 KB ]. Permits are also available for purchase at Withlacoochee State Forest.

Three Day Off-Highway Vehicle Pass Offered

Tate's Hell State Forest is the location for the Florida Forest Service's pilot project for a "Three Day Off-Highway Vehicle Pass." The goals for providing this new pass are to better accommodate our visitors and to provide a reduced fee for limited use in lieu of the required annual permit.

This pass benefits a diverse group of visitors to Tate's Hell State Forest from out of state on short vacations. Also, first time users who are Florida residents can enjoy the opportunity to explore the areas before buying an annual pass.

The passes are sold at the Carrabelle Office, Tallahassee Field Office and at the OHV Pine Branch Parking Area (self-serve Iron Ranger). The three day $15 permit will be per rider and not per vehicle. The pilot project began September 1, 2010.

Map of Tate's Hell OHV Trail System

 Map of OHV Trails on Tate's Hell State Forest


The County Line Off-highway Vehicle Campground is a primitive camping area with non-electric sites and a vaulted restroom centrally located to the three large campsites. The campground is located on County Line Road (off of Highway 67 in Franklin County). This campground was funded through the T. Mark Schmidt OHV Safety and Recreation Program.

Contact Us

Florida Forest Service
Tate's Hell State Forest
290 Airport Rd.
Carrabelle, FL 32322-3059

(850) 697-0010 
(850) 697-2892 Fax

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