Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

State Forest Fees and Information

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Florida has long been recognized as having one of the finest and most diversified state forest systems in the United States. Florida’s state forests offer a wide variety of natural, recreational and cultural opportunities for visitors.

Because of the diversity of activities and resources, it is highly recommended that visitors contact the state forest beforehand to clarify any reservation requirements, fees or other considerations that may apply. 

Fees in effect as of April 14, 2016

Fees on Florida Forest Service Managed Lands [ Adobe PDF Document 128.01 KB ]


State Forest Use Authorizations

In addition to any associated fees, a no-cost State Forest Use Authorization may be required. Fill out an Authorization form for:

  • All formal group activities (school, church, family, and youth groups) that include picnicking, trail use or overnight camping.
  • All commercial use, including guided tours, sales and rentals, and special events.
  • Some state forests require an authorization for primitive camp sites.

How Do I Get One?

Contact the  state forest you plan to visit to obtain a State Forest Use Authorization.


Annual Passes and Fees

Purchase an Annual Day Use Entrance Pass

  • Mail-In: Contact any Florida  state forest office, or
  • Purchase online through the Friends of Florida State Forests (FFSF) website.

Day Use Entrance Pass

The Annual Day Use Entrance Pass costs $45* and is valid for one year of unlimited visits. The pass allows six persons entry into any Florida state forest where a fee is routinely required. The fee for each additional person is $2.

Day Use is from  sunrise to sunset.

Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Annual Fees

Off-highway motorcycles (OHMs), all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) are prohibited on state forests except in designated areas at Tate’s Hell State Forest, Withlacoochee State Forest and Blackwater River State Forest. Annual permits are required for each OHM and ATV operating in the designated OHV area. Visit  OHV Rules and Information for State Forests.


State Forest Rules

In keeping with its mission to protect and manage Florida's forest resources for the present and future enjoyment of all Floridians, and to provide the greatest opportunity for a quality recreational experience, the Florida Forest Service has developed rules that apply to all visitors.

General

  • Possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited where posted.
  • Off-highway motorcycles (OHMs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are prohibited, except in designated riding areas.

Removal or destruction of cultural artifacts, plants or animals is prohibited (with the exception of legal game during scheduled hunts).

  • Please take all garbage with you when you leave the forest if a container is not available in the area that you visit.
  • Leashed pets are welcome on most state forests in designated areas. Please check with the state forest you plan to visit.
  • All horses must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results when on state lands.
  • All equestrian riders under age 16 must wear a certified helmet on state forests. To further promote the safety of children, the 2009 Florida Legislation passed a bill referred to as "Nicole's law". Any child under the age of 16 and riding an equine on any public lands, roads, or trails, by law, must wear a certified helmet. A parent or guardian of a child under 16 years of age may not authorize or knowingly permit a child to ride without a helmet. Responsibility lies with any trainer, instructor or supervisor who rents or leases an equine to be ridden by a child younger than 16 or rents or leases equine supplies.
  • Hunting and  Fishing in state forests are regulated by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, according to published seasons, license requirements, etc. Hunting requires a license and permit and is allowed only during established seasons.

On the Road

  • Speed limit on all roads within the forest is 30 mph unless posted otherwise.
  • Drive on designated roads only.
  • Do not obstruct roads, gates or fire lines.

In and Around Waterways

  • Swim at your own risk. Where posted, swim only within designated areas.
  • No rope swings or diving from stream banks, or trees.
  • For safety reasons, glass containers are not allowed on any state forest waterways.

Contact Us

Because of the diversity of activities and resources, it is highly recommended that visitors  contact the state forest beforehand to clarify any reservation requirements, fees or other considerations that may apply.

Florida's State Forests...

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