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.