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Tates Hell OHV Trail System

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Tate's Hell, Pine Branch Staging Area, County Line OHV Campground, Pine Log Creek, Womack Creek

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 trails are primarily old forest service roads that are flat and hard packed with a few sandy sections. For those looking for more challenging terrain check out nearby Apalachicola National Forest.

The trail system has a nice staging area with spacious parking, picnic tables, restrooms and a self pay kiosk. A primitive campground with direct trail access can be found a couple miles north off of Hwy 67. There is a small fee charged to camp here and reservations are recomended, which can be made online.

The forest gets its name from a local legend about 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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Permit RequiredYesFL OHV Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust 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 Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & 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)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 16 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingNotrails open 8am to one half hour before sunset
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on the trail
Rule Enforcement
CommentFlorida law requires OHVs to be titled when operating on public land. Proof of ownership is required when operating machines.


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest


RidingYes ($15.00 per rider)
Three Day Pass - $15/rider
Tent: $10.00
RV: $10.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
County Line OHV Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityCarabelle, FL
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
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.


Contact InfoTates Hell State Forest
290 Airport Road
Carrabelle, FL 32322
(850) 697-0010


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Tates Hell OHV Trail System

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Approx Size202,437 acres (316 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail150
Climate TypeSwamp
Elevation10 to 40 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has no rocks.None
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
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 no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis state forest has almost all roads.All
ShadeThis state forest has some shaded areas.Some
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


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
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