Southwest of Tallahassee and north of Carrabelle in Franklin County, the Tates Hell State Forest has a new OHV Trail System with 150+ miles of routes on existing forest roads.
While riding on the trails, forest users can expect to see various ecosystems including cypress/titi swamps, blackwater rivers and pine flatwoods. Various species of wildlife can also be encountered ranging from wading birds to deer.
This is the first trail system developed under the T. Mark Schmidt Off-Highway Vehicle Safety and Recreation Act of 2002 which was designed to provide the public with more opportunities to ride off-highway vehicles on public lands.
Annual permits are required for each OHM and ATV operating in the designated OHV area in Tate's Hell State Forest. Applicants are asked to bring a copy of their proof of title with their ATV or OHM. All OHVs are required to have working exhaust systems and USDA approved spark arrestors. Sound levels will be limited to 96 decibels on Tate’s Hell State Forest.
To reach the ATV riding at the Pine Branch Staging Area from Tallahassee, head south on US319 to US98. Continue southwest on US98 to Carrabelle. Head north on CR67 for 7 miles. Turn left on FR138 for about a mile to the staging area.
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.