Do you spend all of your savings on lift kits and beefy tires? Have you decked out your Jeep with a snorkel? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you and your pupper are overdue for a visit at the OHV Campground in Tate's Hell State Forest, Florida. Off-roaders from all over flock to this small facility to take to the miles of prime OHV trails and terrain that this forest offers.
Don't expect anything fancy here -- in fact, the amenities max out at one vaulted toilet. Be ready to cart all the water that your crew (canines included) needs for your stay, and remember to bring all garbage out with you when you leave. All three of the primitive campsites can accommodate tents or RVs, and picnic tables along with fire rings are provided on each lot. The nightly fees reflect the bare-bones conditions, clocking in at $9.17. Anyone planning on taking their vehicle through the forest must also purchase an Off-Highway Vehicle Permit, available at the forest's office every morning from Monday through Friday. These passes cost $15 for three days or up to $80 for annual use.
As you're blasting through the forest, try to note the beautiful stunted cypress that the area is known for -- though, to be fair, you may only get a good look if you crash into one. What you definitely won't miss are the pockets of swampy wetlands that make for awesome splashes as your 4x4 barrels through. If you and Fido happen to take a slower stroll through the forest, be sure to watch out for snakes and alligators -- there are many of them, and their presence put the "Hell" in "Tate's Hell."
While you're in the forest, remember to keep your doggo leashed to protect them from these dangerous reptiles, and leave the sites free of pet waste so that the facility remains pooch-positive.
For a wild ride, go ahead and add Tate's Hell OHV Campground to your must-visit list!