Explore the natural side of the Florida panhandle with your pup by visiting the woofderful Apalachicola National Forest. It spans across an impressive 632,890 acres of land, and just so happens to be the largest National Forest in the state of Florida.
The forest is so large that it includes both the Mud Swamp/New
River and Bradwell Bay Wilderness Areas. Additionally, it includes geological and historical attractions like the Leon
Sinks Geological Area and the Fort Gadsden Historical Site. Plus, Apalachicola
National Forest has several recreational areas like the Trout Pond Recreation
Area, Wright Lake Recreation Area, and the Silver Lake Recreation Area. It’s easy
to see why people flock to this place for camping, fishing, boating, biking,
and horseback riding. It’s an outdoor lover’s dream!
If your hound is a hiker, they’ll have plenty of trails to
choose from. A 12 mile section of the Florida National Scenic Trail runs
through the Bradwell Bay Wilderness Area. For something a bit shorter and
doggone interesting, check out the Leon Sinks Geological Area trails. Five
miles of trails wander through the forest showcasing large and small sinkholes.
Dozens of other trails are available. Check a map before setting off so you can
plan your journey.
There are a few things to be cautious of when in the
Apalachicola National Forest. Poison Ivy grows in these parts. This place is
also home to venomous snakes. Keep your pup on the trail and never let them put
their paws or nose in holes or under rocks and logs. Finally, be sure to check
them for ticks when you get home. Wherever you wander, make sure you have
plenty of water for both you and your pooch. Also don’t forget the clean-up bags!
Make no mistake, your pup will love exploring the Apalachicola