Find heaven with your pupper by your side in Tate's Hell State Forest's High Bluff Primitive Campsites. Despite the daunting name of the forest (which stems from one farmer's unfortunate foray into the heart of the swamp), these campsites situate visitors right beside peaceful creeks under dwarf cypress trees up to 150 years old!
These primitive sites can be found at three different locations in the forest and are known as Dry Bridge, Pidcock, and Rake Creek. None of the lots provide campers with water, hookups, or toilets, so make sure you come prepared to take care of all of your (and your pup's) needs for your stay. What the sites do have are a picnic table, fire ring, and easy access to flowing creeks. Another plus to staying at the primitive sites is that nightly rates are only $9.17.
Though the amenities are few, the activities are endless in Tate's Hell State Forest. The creeks make for excellent kayaking and canoeing, while anglers will drool at the opportunity to cast their lines in over 35 miles of river and creek! Both the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail and the Florida Scenic Trail can be accessed from the forest, so be sure to take some time to meander these beautiful paths during your visit.
Dogs are welcome to come camp with their people at these sites, but keep in mind that everything that comes into the forest with you must also go out when you leave. This means you need to bag all pet waste and dispose of it with the rest of your garbage outside of the park. Also, please keep your pupper leashed throughout your stay, as there are hikers, anglers, and even bears that wander past the sites.
If you'd like to experience Tate's Hell for yourself, why not stay at one of the High Bluffs Primitive Campsites for your next trip into the wild?