Just south of Tallahassee, the 500,000 acre Apalachicola National Forest permits ATV riding on several of its trails. The Forest Service has not designated or marked specific ATV trails. Just remember that ATVs are not permitted on numbered forest service roads or on road shoulders. Luckily, there are tons of unnumbered forest roads and pathways throughout the forest. Also, cross-country travel off trail or road is prohibited. Keep an eye out for gators and snakes.
To get to the ATV riding trailhead in the Apalachicola National Forest from the east, take US10 west to Capitol Square Exit #203. Follow 319 South for about 20 miles. Make a left onto Spring Hill Rd. Continue for four to five miles. Look for Tom Roberts Rd. on the right. You'll notice a U.S. Forest Service Gun Range sign near the road. Proceed past Tom Roberts Rd. and look for the first unmarked, unnumbered sand road to your left (its only a few hundred yards past Tom Roberts Rd.). Turn left on this sand road and follow the road to its end--approximately a half-mile--and you ll see a parking area.
Note: As of August 2007, we have reports that the trailhead mentioned above may be closed. We have heard that an ATV trailhead is located off of Silver Lake road about 3 miles done on the right fairly soon after the road become dirt. Silver Lake Road can be located by SR20.
Protect the environment and your riding privileges by not riding in wetlands, lakes, or savannahs. Mud bogging damages these areas, is prohibited, and you may be prosecuted. Respect the rights of hikers, campers, horseback riders, and other Forest users to enjoy their activities undisturbed. Riders must have a valid drivers license and are responsible for knowing all applicable Federal and State regulations, as well as where riding is allowed and where riding is prohibited. Alligators are present in this forest. They are an important part of Florida's ecology and may be found wherever there is a body of water. They have a natural fear of man, but may lose that fear by being around people especially if they are fed. When this happens alligators can be dangerous. For this reason alligators should not be fed or molested in any way.
The National Forest Service is currently working on ATV trail maps, so try calling them to see if they are ready yet.
Note: As of July 2007, most of the trails and roads in the Wakulla Ranger District on the east side have been closed to ATV and dirt bike riding. In other districts, the riding is still limited to unnumbered roads only.
Note: As of July 2008, the State Of Florida requires riders under 16 years old to have taken an approved OHV safety course and to carry proof of course certification.