West of Jacksonville near Lake City, the 200,000 acre Osceola National Forest has many oportunities for ATV riding. Only licensed ATV may be ridden on numbered forest roads. Unlicensed ATV may only be operated on unnumbered woods roads, where permitted, and they must be transported on forest roads to and from the unnumbered roads by another vehicle. Unlicensed vehicle operation is only permitted during daylight hours.
Note: On the map, the wider trail lines are numbered roads that are only open to licensed vehicles, narrow trail lines are mixed-use open to licensed and unlicensed vehicles. No offroad or cross-country travel is permitted.
Note: As of December 2007, we have had reports that there are now some designated ATV and dirt biking trails in the Forest. These designated trails are signed using brown carsonite signs with symbols for ATV or dirt bike. These signed trails can be accessed from Sharons Cabin In The Woods, which is a great place to rent and stay overnight (www.sharonscabin.com).
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.
Overall, Osceola National Forest is the 2nd most popular ATV riding trail of all 20 ATV trails in Florida.