Legend has it that when homesteader Cebe Tate got lost in the woods in the mid-1870s, he was missing for seven days before stumbling into a clearing near Carrabelle, Florida. When he emerged, his first (and last) words were, "My name is Cebe Tate, and I just came from hell!"
And that's how Tate's Hell State Forest came to have such a uniquely memorable name. However, if you're thinking of visiting this 202,000-acre state forest, don't let its name put you off. There's plenty of wonderful things to see, do, and enjoy in the forest, and you can experience them all with your dog by your side.
There are so many recreational activities on offer in Tate's Hell State Forest that it's hard to know where to start. You can hike through a diverse array of natural habitats, paddle a black water river, try your hand at some fishing, or just enjoy escaping your everyday life and getting out into the wilderness.
At the forest's Womack Creek Campground, which is found roughly 10 miles to the southwest of Sopchoppy, you can take your pick of six tent-only campsites with (non-potable) water, or three primitive RV campsites that feature electric and (non-potable) water nearby.
Facilities include restrooms, showers and a boat ramp, with the campsites in close proximity to the Ochlockonee River. There's no park entrance fee to worry about, but camping fees vary depending on the type of site you select.
Pets are permitted in the campground but must be leashed and under your control at all times. It's also essential that you clean up after your canine pal whenever required and responsibly dispose of their waste.
With these simple duties taken care of, all that's left to do is enjoy your stay in this beautiful forest. There's no shortage of activities and attractions to explore, and there's nothing better than sharing them all with your dog.