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Tates Hell OHV Trail System

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Alt Names

Tate's Hell, Pine Branch Staging Area

Last Known StatusOpen

This large area offers about 150 miles of dirt roads that wind through a dense swamp and pine flatwoods forest, with wildlife consisting of panthers, bald eagles, gopher tortoise and black bear. The forest gets its name from a local legend of a farmer named Cebe Tate who back in 1875 got lost for about a week while searching for the panther that was killing his livestock. After emerging from the swamp near the town of Carrabelle he came across some locals and just before dying said "My name is Cebe Tate, and I just came from Hell!"

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Nearest CityCarabelle, FL
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From: Tallahassee, FL
1) Take US-319 south about 50 miles
2) Turn right (north) on CR-67, continue 6.9 miles
3) Turn left (west) on Gully Branch Road, continue about .5 miles to staging area.


LandState Forest


Recommended StayFull Day


Permit RequiredYesFL OHV Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (64 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 64 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Swamp Buggy
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 16 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingNotrails open 8am to one half hour before sunset
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trails
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.
CommentFlorida law requires OHVs to be titled when operating on public land. Proof of ownership is required when operating machines.


Parking ($0.00)
Entry ($0.00)
RidingYes ($60.00 per OHV)
non-resident annual permit - $100
Tent: $5.00
RV: $5.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Commentpermits are pro-rated every quarter


Contact InfoTates Hell State Forest
290 Airport Road
Carrabelle, FL 32322
(850) 697-3734



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Miles Of Trail150
Climate TypeSwamp
Elevation10 to 40 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (SW)George E Weems Memorial Hospital (850) 653-8853
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (S)Chevron (850) 697-2190
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)Chevron (850) 697-2190
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (SE)Ho Hum RV Park (850) 697-3926
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SE)Ho Hum RV Park (850) 697-3926
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SE)Ho Hum RV Park (850) 697-3926
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (E)Ochlockonee River State Park (850) 962-2771
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)Carrabelle IGA (850) 697-2710
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (SW)Carrabelle Beach (850) 697-2727
Body of Water Water Body1-5 MilesPine Log Creek, Robbers Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (S)Allen's Dockside Marina (850) 697-3337
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