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Apalachicola National Forest

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Alt Names

Springhill Motorcycle Trailhead, Silver Lake OHV Trailhead, North Oak OHV Trailhead, Vinzant OHV Trailhead

Last Known StatusOpen

This popular area offers over 100 miles of motorized trails with several small scattered play areas. The trails are mostly smooth and sandy but flat. There are several staging areas to access the trail system but Silver Lake and Springhill are the preferred spots for large trailers since the parking lots are paved with plenty of turnaround room. The North Oak Staging Area is smaller but consists of loose sand (please note that the only trailhead with ATV access is Silver Lake). The road that leads to Vinzant Staging Area is usually passable even during wet weather but the trail is prone to flooding.

A trail pass is required to ride and can be purchased at any of the staging areas (currently only three day or annual passes are available).

Camping is not permitted but Silver Lake offers a nice day use area with shady sites with picnic tables and BBQ grills and a beach. A small fee of $3 is charged to use the facility.

The trails are usually open year-round but may close temporarily due to inclement weather. For current conditions check the trail hotline at (866) 607-2016 x 2.

For a detailed trail map see pages 15 and 24.

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Nearest CityTallahassee, FL
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From: Tallahassee, FL
1) Take SR-20 west about 4 miles
2) Turn left (south) onto CR-260/Silver Lake Road, continue 3.2 miles
3) Turn left (east) onto NF-371, continue .4 miles
4) Staging area is located inside the Silver Lake Recreation Area parking lot on the right.

For the Springhill Staging Area:
1) Take Springhill Road south about 3 miles
2) Trailhead entrance is on the right (west).

For the North Oak OHV Staging Area:
1) Take SR-20 west about 6 miles
2) Turn left (south) onto FR-325, staging area is on the left.

For the Vinzant Staging Area:
1) Take SR-20 west about 13 miles
2) Turn left (south) onto FR-342, staging area is on the left.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)


Permit RequiredYesApalachicola National Forest OHV Pass
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 (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 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
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
trails are very sandy
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingNo
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.
CommentFlorida law requires OHVs to be titled when operating on public land. Proof of ownership is required when operating machines.


ParkingYes ($3.00)
Silver Lake Recreation Area Day Use and Parking Fee
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingYes ($10.00 per rider)
Cost of 3-Day Pass, Annual Pass - $75/rider
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00


Contact InfoApalachicola National Forest - Apalachicola Ranger District
11152 NW SR 20
Bristol, FL 32321
(866) 607-2016
Commentselect option 2 for trail conditions


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Square Miles305
Miles Of Trail111
Climate TypeForest
Elevation100 to 120 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has no rocks.None
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (NE)Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (850) 431-1155
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (NE)Selam Country Store (850) 574-6125
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (NE)Selam Country Store (850) 574-6125
Potable Water WaterOn SiteSilver Lake Recreation Area (850) 643-2282
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NW)Coe's Landing Campground (850) 350-9560 or (866) 350-9560
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NW)Coe's Landing Campground (850) 350-9560 or (866) 350-9560
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NW)Coe's Landing Campground (850) 350-9560 or (866) 350-9560
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (NE)Selam Country Store (850) 574-6125
Swimming Swim AreaOn SiteSilver Lake Recreation Area (850) 643-2282
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteSilver Lake Recreation Area (850) 643-2282
Boating Launch Boat RampOn SiteSilver Lake Recreation Area (850) 643-2282
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