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Tates Hell OHV Trail System

Thursday, October 02, 2014
Alt Names Tate's Hell, Pine Branch Staging Area
Last Known Status Open
DESCRIPTION

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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LOCATION
Nearest City Carabelle, 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.
TYPE OF AREA
Area Trail
Land State Forest
QUALITY
Rating Rating    Good    
Recommended Stay Full Day
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes FL OHV Permit
Dates Open Year-Round
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width Yes (64 inches) has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted (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)
Prohibited
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets Required Youth Only required for persons under 16 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Bicycles No Restriction
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping Some Areas (camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night Riding No trails open 8am to one half hour before sunset
Cross Country Prohibited vehicles must stay on trail
Alcohol Prohibited
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.
FEES
Parking ($0.00)
Entry ($0.00)
Riding Yes ($60.00 per OHV)
non-resident annual permit - $100
Camping Yes
Tent: $5.00
RV: $5.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Comment permits are pro-rated every quarter
CONTACTS
Contact Info Tates Hell State Forest
290 Airport Road
Carrabelle, FL 32322
(850) 697-3734
boatwrl@doacs.state.fl.us
www.floridaforestservice.com
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TERRAIN
Miles Of Trail 150
Climate Type Swamp
Elevation 10 to 40 ft.
Trail Maintenance Not Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has little expert terrain.Little
GPS POINTS

KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 20-30 Miles (SW) George E Weems Memorial Hospital (850) 653-8853
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (S) Chevron (850) 697-2190
Diesel Diesel 5-20 Miles (S) Chevron (850) 697-2190
Potable Water Water 1-5 Miles (SE) Ho Hum RV Park (850) 697-3926
RV Hookups RV Hookup 1-5 Miles (SE) Ho Hum RV Park (850) 697-3926
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 1-5 Miles (SE) Ho Hum RV Park (850) 697-3926
Primitive Camping Campground 5-20 Miles (E) Ochlockonee River State Park (850) 962-2771
Convenience Store Conv Store 5-20 Miles (SW) Carrabelle IGA (850) 697-2710
Swimming Swim Area 5-20 Miles (SW) Carrabelle Beach (850) 697-2727
Body of Water Water Body 1-5 Miles Pine Log Creek, Robbers Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 5-20 Miles (S) Allen's Dockside Marina (850) 697-3337

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