Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Where to Ride

Public Land | Private Land 

OHV State Map National and State Forest Sites for Off-Highway Vehicles Apalachicola National Forest Tate's Hell State Forest Osceola National Forest Ocala National Forest Withlacoochee State Forest Big Cypress National Preserve Blackwater River State Forest

Where to Ride on Public and Private Lands [ Adobe PDF Document 1.77 MB ]

A title is required for all OHVs (all-terrain vehicles, recreational off-highway vehicles and off-highway motorcycles) operated on all public lands where OHVs are allowed. Visit the Trip Planning page for information on obtaining a title. Riders are cautioned that additional laws and rules apply to the operation of OHVs.

Rules and regulations for riding OHVs at specific sites are subject to change. Please call the site prior to departure to check for hours of operation, track/trail conditions, weather conditions, planned events or other factors that may affect your visit.

OHV Sites on Public Land

State Forests | National Forests | National Preserves | Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission | Other Locations

State Forests

Blackwater River State Forest

8348 Redbird Trail
Milton, FL 32570

For OHV Riding information, contact the Blackwater Forestry Center at (850) 957-5700.

Tate's Hell State Forest

290 Airport Rd.
Carrabelle, FL 32322-3059

Withlacoochee State Forest
Croom Motorcycle Area

6420 LaRose Rd.
Brooksville, FL  34602

Visitors Center

15003 Broad St.
Brooksville, FL 34601-4201

Croom Motorcycle Area offers OHV users many miles of trails that range from basic to challenging. The terrain includes hardwood hammocks, scrub and numerous pits left from discontinued mining operations. A day use area offers visitors picnic tables and restrooms. Overnight camping is available at the Croom Motorcycle Area Campground.

NOTE: Currently, ROVs are not permitted at Withlacoochee State Forest.

Rule Highlights on State Forests:

  • A permit is required to ride within the motorcycle area. The permit must be displayed on the front of each motorcycle and ATV. Currently, ROVs are only being permitted at Tate's Hell State Forest.
  • Titled vehicles only may be used.
  • All motorcycles and ATVs will be required to have mufflers in accordance with the Florida Highway Patrol handbook.
  • Pets are not permitted.
  • Firearms are not permitted.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Visit  Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation On State Forests for complete information.

National Forests

Buy an OHV Riding Permit online.

Apalachicola National Forest

Apalachicola Ranger District
P.O. Box 579, Hwy 20
Bristol, FL 32312-0579
(850) 643-2282

Wakulla Ranger District
57 Taff Drive
Crawfordville, FL 32327-2138
(850) 926-3561

Ocala National Forest

Lake George Ranger District
17147 East Highway 40
Silver Springs, FL 34488-5849
(352) 625-2520

Seminole Ranger District
40929 SR 19
Umatilla, FL 32784
(352) 669-3153

Osceola National Forest

Osceola Ranger District
P.O. Box 70
Olustee, FL 32072
(386) 752-2577

Cross-country travel is prohibited with either motorized vehicles or bicycles through the national forests.

Rule Highlights on National Forests:

  1. Within restricted areas, travel by motorized vehicles and bicycles will be permitted only on designated roads and trails specified for their use.
  2. ATVs and other unlicensed motorized vehicles are prohibited on National Forest System Numbered Roads. 36 CFR 261.54(d).
  3. It is prohibited to possess or use ATVs or unregistered motor vehicles off National Forest System Roads from 1 1/2 hours after sunset to 11/2 hours before sunrise. 36 CFR 261.56.
  4. US Forest Service Trail Fundamentals

National Preserves

Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Permit System
National Park Service
Big Cypress National Preserve
C/O ORV Visitor Office
33100 Tamiami Trl. E.
Ochopee, FL 34141-1000
(239) 695-1117

Obtaining a recreational off-road vehicle permit for using an ATV, ATC, swamp buggy or street legal 4X4 in Big Cypress National Preserve is a four-step process. An operator's permit, an inspection sticker, annual vehicle permit and an orientation course taken are required to operate an OHV in the preserve. Motorcycles and other two-wheeled vehicles are not permitted in the preserve's backcountry.

Rule Highlights on National Preserves:

  1. An operator's permit, an inspection sticker, an annual vehicle permit and an orientation course are required to operate an OHV in the preserve.
  2. Permits may be obtained only Friday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Permit process will take approximately 45 minutes at the ORV Visitors Center.
  3. Call the ORV Visitors Center at (239) 695-1205 before bringing your vehicle in for inspection.
  4. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) must be located and will be recorded.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission currently allows OHV use on some of its properties on named and numbered roads during non-hunting periods. For information on riding in FWC areas, please contact the regional offices as listed below or visit the FWC website.

Northwest Region

3911 Highway 2321 
Panama City, FL 32409-1658 
(850) 265-3676

Northeast Region

1239 Southwest 10th St.
Ocala, FL 34474-2797
(352) 732-1225

North Central Region

Route 7, Box 440 
Lake City, FL 32055-8713 
(386) 758-0525

South Region

8535 Northlake Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33412-3303
(561) 625-5122

Southwest Region

3900 Drane Field Rd. 
Lakeland, FL 33811-1299 
(863) 648-3203

Other Locations On Public Land

Suwannee River Water Management District

Mallory Swamp 
9225 County Rd. 49
Live Oak, FL 32060-7056
(386) 362-1001 
or 1-800-226-1066 (Florida only)

OHV Sites on Private Land

Off-Highway Vehicle Use is available on some privately owned sites (some sites may require titles for each vehicle). Please contact the site for more information.

The following is a list of abbreviations for most motocross tracks in Florida, provided by ProSports USA.

  • SX= Super Cross
  • NT = Natural Terrain
  • TL = Track Length
  • ST = Soil Type
  • CAMP = Camping
  • $ = Camping Fee
  • HU = Hook Ups
  • RT = Restrooms
  • PJ = Port-a-Johns
  • SH = Showers
  • CON = Concessions
  • BW = Bike Wash
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