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Florida state forests reopen most trailheads, campgrounds with limited capacity

The Florida Forest Service has announced Phase I of reopening with 19 state forests, which include camping with a limited capacity.

The campgrounds and campsites open on Friday, May 8. Below is a list of what’s now open:

Blackwater River State Forest

  • Bear Lake
  • Coldwater
  • Hurricane N
  • Hurricane S
  • Karick N
  • Karick S

Pine Log State Forest

  • Sand Pond Campground
  • Pine Log Primitive Sites

Point Washington State Forest

  • Eastern Lake Campground 2

Lake Talquin State Forest

  • High Bluff Campground

Tate’s Hell State Forest

  • Womack Creek Campground
  • Cash Creek Campground
  • Rock Landing Campground
  • High Bluff Primitive Sites
  • Deep Creek Primitive Sites
  • Picketts Bay Primitive Sites
  • New River Primitive Sites
  • Crooked River Primitive Sites
  • Womack Creek Primitive Sites
  • Juniper Creek Primitive Sites
  • Sumatra Primitive Campsite

John Bethea State Forest

  • Maple Set Campground

Cary State Forest

  • Cary Campground

Jennings State Forest

  • Hammock Campground

Ralph E Simmons State Forest

  • Ralph Simmons Primitive Campsites

Goethe State Forest

  • Tidewater Campground
  • Watermelon Pond Campground

Indian Lake State Forest

  • Indian Lake Campground

Ross Prairie State Forest

  • Ross Prairie Primitive Site

Tiger Bay State Forest

  • Bennett Field Campground

Seminole State Forest

  • Seminole Primitive Sites

Withlacoochee State Forest

  • Cypress Glen
  • Crooked River
  • Hog Island
  • Holder Mine
  • Mutual Mine
  • Tillis Hill Equestrian

Lake Wales Ridge State Forest

  • Arbuckle Primitive Campsites
  • Walk-in-the-Water Primitive Campsites

Myakka State Forest

  • Myakka Primitive Campsites

OK Slough State Forest

  • Panther Pond Campground

Picayune Strand State Forest

  • Horseshoe Primitive Camp
  • Kirkland Hammock Primitive

Recreation sites that remain closed until further notice

Blackwater River State Forest

  • Krul Recreation Area
  • Sweetwater Trail
  • Clear Creek OHV Riding Area

Jennings State Forest

  • Pioneer Trail
  • North Fork Recreation Area
  • Indian Ford Recreation Area
  • Ellis Ford Recreation Area
  • Live Oak Lane Recreation Area
  • Knights Landing Recreation Area

Welaka State Forest

  • Mud Springs Trailhead/Trail
  • John’s Landing Trailhead/Trails

Tiger Bay State Forest

  • Indian Lake Dock

Withlacoochee State Forest

  • Croom Motorcycle Area
  • River Junction Day Use Area

Tate’s Hell State Forest

  • Tate’s Hell OHV Trail System

Campsites can be reserved online or by calling (877) 879-3859.

Writer:Derrick Shaw
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