Enjoy a truly primitive camping experience at the North Fork Black Creek Camp Zone. This pawesome area is located in Jennings State Forest, just southwest of Jacksonville. Set up camp under the trees and spend your days exploring the wilderness with your favorite canine compadre. There are over 25,000 acres and 15 different ecological zones here. You'll find a fire ring, picnic table, and space for nine tents at this walk-in facility. A $2 day-use fee applies, and overnight guests will pay $9 per night for a site.
From the Old Jennings Trailhead parking area, you'll need to hike 2.5 miles to the campsite. The clearing is a short distance from the creek. Bring a canoe to paddle on the water, but watch for resident alligators! Cast your line in the waters and try to catch bass, catfish, and other species. You must have a fishing license if you plan to enjoy a little angling.
There are three trails here that you can use to explore your surroundings. Connect to the North Fork Black Creek Loop next to the facility. Follow this furrific 5.1-mile pathway through pine flatwoods, highlands, and by the water. If you time your hike around dawn or dusk, you're likely to see wildlife like deer, otter, raccoon, wading birds, and hawks! The forest allows hunting, so make sure you know if it's an open season before heading out.
You can bring dogs with you here as long as you don't use them to hunt. They need to stay on a leash or cord at all times. Don't let your animal chase wildlife, and be sure to collect and discard their waste.
Relax and recharge in the great outdoors during your stay at the North Fork Black Creek Camp Zone. Explore creeks, forest, ravines, swamp, and other habitats here. This biodiverse facility is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. There are no permit requirements to camp here, but you may need a license or use permit for some activities like hunting and fishing.