Discover Florida’s Second Largest State Forest Known as Tate’s Hell

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Located between the Apalachicola and Ochlockonee rivers lies over 200,000 acres of land known as Tate’s Hell State Forest. Contrary to what the name suggests, the forest brings about a sense of peace and serenity for all those who have the pleasure of visiting it. Explore 35 miles of rivers, streams, and creeks perfect for canoeing, paddling, boating and fishing or keep your adventure on land with numerous picnic spots and campsites throughout the forest. Take a look at the abundance of recreational activities you can take part in at the “legendary and forbidden swamp”. HIKING Discover true Forgotten Coast beauty on the High Bluff Coastal Hiking Trail that stretches parallel to the Gulf of Mexico, along Highway 98 between Eastpoint and Carrabelle Beach. This trail might just be the favorite of Tate’s Hell, see for yourself! Make your way through the several stands of dwarf cypress down the Ralph G. Kendrick Dwarf Cypress Boardwalk. This strange natural wonder is centuries old and simply a sight you cannot miss!
ON THE WATER Take your exploration on the water with over 35 miles of Forgotten Coast waterways that make for the most ideal paddling, canoeing, boating and fishing outing. Launch your boat at the concrete boat launch at Cash Creek off SR 65 north of Eastpoint, or drop your kayaks and paddle boards in the water and get right to it! Check out the map below to plan out your day on the water.
HUNTING If you’re looking for vast land full of hunting opportunities, the entire forest is classified as a Wildlife Management Area and is open for seasonal hunting. Take a look into the hunting regulations for the season here.
CAMPING Grab a permit and set up camp at one of the 50 designated campsites throughout the forest. Only a few campsites, such as Cash Creek and Womack’s Creek Campgrounds, are accessible by road. Otherwise, the rest of the sites are paddler and boater friendly. Learn more about obtaining a permit and the abundance of campsites here.
BIKING Who needs designated biking trails when you can embark on your own path on the endless roadways throughout the forest. Be sure to have your map handy as you explore the vast land of Tate’s Hell!

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