Apalachicola Natl Forest West
The Florida Trail in the Apalachicola National Forest is part of the National Scenic Trail System. It crosses the Apalachicola District of the National Forest. The trail passes through and around many large pine palmetto flat woods separated by titi and cypress swamps. The west end of the trail traverses an interesting low savannah profuse with ground orchids and wild flowers in the spring. Midway along the trail are the remnants of the settlement of Vilas, a reminder of the turpentine industry. There is good fishing on the Ochlockonee River and in Camel Lake, along with plenty of additional opportunities to fish in the creeks and water holes along the way. This section of trail is one of the most remote in Florida and offers a wide variety of flora and fauna year-round. Use a compass in the Apalachicola National Forest. The trail marked on the Apalachicola National Forest map may not be current.
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The eastern terminus is on FH 13 (CR 36) at the Ochlockonee River near Porter Lake Campground. The western terminus is on CR 12, ten miles south of Bristol.
Type of Hiking
Nearly all the hiking on this trail is over flat, dry pine and palmetto fields with occasional titi swamps. The segment from Memery Island to CR 12 may be ankle-deep in water following heavy rains.
At the east terminus, park in the Porter Lake campground. At the west terminus, park in the Camel Lake campground or off CR 12 just north of the USDA Forest Service work center. Trailhead parking is also available at Vilas. See below for locations of trailheads in the ANF.
Potable water is available at Porter Lake and Camel Lake. Boil, filter or treat surface water.
Supplies: Hosford/Telogia, Bristol
Mail: Bristol 32321
Public Campgrounds: Camel Lake, Whitehead Lake, Porter Lake
Liberty County Sheriff: 850-643-2235
Apalachicola District Ranger Office: 850-643-2282
Wear safety orange during general hunting season. This area is remote. Carry FT and USFS maps and a compass
Camp at Porter Lake or Camel Lake during general hunting season. For information, write to USFS, Apalachicola District, P.O. Box 579 (11152 NW State Route 20), Bristol, FL 32321. (850) 643-2282
For current advisories and changes to the maps, see the Florida Trail website.