Osceola National Forest

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: Yes
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: No
Fee: None
Description
Osceola National Forest spans a total area of about 191,000 acres of land that is located in northeastern Florida. Some of the major urban areas close to the forest include the Lake City and Jacksonville. To access the park, you can use several routes some of which include FL 100, I-10, US 41, US 90, and US 441. 

The land where the forest sits was designated a national forest on July 10, 1931, and is governed by the U.S. Forest Service. There are several attractive things to see and exciting things to do in Osceola National Forest. Some of these things include seeing the 1,760-acre Ocean Pond (Ocean Pond is a natural lake). Furthermore, the forest’s resources include the Olustee Battlefield Historic Site. 

This is the location of one of the country’s largest Civil War reenactments staged every year during Presidents' Day weekend in February. You could also venture and experience several other features in the forest by exploring the 23-mile portion of the Florida National Scenic Trail and experiencing the diverse biota at the Big Gum Swamp Wilderness. The Big Gum Swamp Wilderness is a cypress-gum swamp that is surrounded by Pine Flatwoods. 

Besides these attractions, the forest resources also include several other amenities like nine hunt camps, dispersed camping, campgrounds, picnic sites, trails, and a rifle range. These facilities allow visitors to enjoy activities like hiking, hunting, camping, picnicking, fishing, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, ORV riding, boating, and swimming. 

Dogs are allowed into Osceola National Forest but with some restrictions. Some of the basic restrictions for dogs and dog owners include ensuring that dogs are always leashed or in a secure enclosure. Ensuring that dogs only go into pet-friendly areas of the forest and ensuring that all dog poop is immediately cleaned and disposed of in the right way. Additionally, it is important to ensure that dogs respect other wildlife in the forest. 

Address
Osceola National Forest, PO Box 70
Olustee, FL 32072
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
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Address
Osceola National Forest, PO Box 70
Olustee, FL 32072
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours