Horse owners can camp and explore the woods at the Equestrian Campground in Welaka State Forest. This furrific facility has tent-only sites, horse stalls, an arena, a pavilion, and pit toilets. There's no electricity or running water here – pack refreshments for you and your animals with your other supplies. Enjoy hiking or riding on the trails in the area. Spots are available for $10 per night, but please note there are additional day-use and stall rental fees.
The campground is nestled in the eastern part of the forest. You'll find sand hills and pine savanna here. Pitch your tent among longleaf pine trees before taking advantage of the facility's recreational amenities. The Sandhill Equestrian Trailhead is near the camp. Ride this 6.5-mile loop through the wiregrass and pines, then head south toward the fish hatchery and observation tower before circling back around to your base. Watch for gopher tortoises and a variety of birds as you travel this route.
You can also go hiking on one of the footpaths in the area. Check out the 1.7-mile Mud Spring nature trail to see the half-mile spring that feeds the river. Or, take a long walk on John's Landing Loop. This 3.5-mile pathway takes you past scenic bluffs and lily-covered flatwood ponds. Wear your insect repellent in this swampy area!
You can bring both your horse and your dog here with you for a camping trip. For horses, you'll need to bring proof of a negative Coggins test. Keep Fido under leash control and pick up their poop. Don't leave your furry pal unattended.
Spend your days riding or hiking through the Welaka State Forest when you camp at the Equestrian Campground. There are more than 2,000 acres of sandhills, woodlands, and river swamps here. This puptastic facility is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail -- plan your visit during spring or fall migrations to take full advantage of the Atlantic Flyway.