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Apalachicola National Forest

Friday, April 28, 2023

Other 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 play areas. The trails are mostly smooth, flat, sandy and dusty but can get very muddy during wet weather.

There are several staging areas to access the trail system but Silver Lake (the only trailhead with ATV access) and Springhill are the preferred spots for long trailers since the lots are paved with plenty of turnaround room. The North Oak Staging Area is smaller but consists of loose sand. 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 is charged to use the facility.

The trails are usually open year-round but may close on short notice during and after bad weather. Call before you haul.

For a detailed trail map see pages 15 and 24.

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Permit RequiredYesApalachicola National Forest OHV Pass
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 (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & 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)
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 CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingNo
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay 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
LandNational Forest


ParkingYes ($3.00)
Silver Lake Recreation Area Day Use and Parking Fee
RidingYes ($10.00 per rider)
Three Day Pass - $10/rider; Annual Pass - $75/rider


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


Nearest CityTallahassee, FL
AddressSilver Lake Road, Tallahassee, FL 32310
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Tallahassee, FL
For Silver Lake OHV Staging Area:
1) Take SR-20 west about 4 miles
2) Turn left (south) onto Aenon Church Road, continue 5.9 miles
3) Turn right (north) onto Silver Lake Road, continue .3 miles
4) Staging area is on the right.

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

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


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


Apalachicola NF Trail Photo

Apalachicola National Forest Trail

This area is popular for group rides. Expect lots of mud but mostly flat trails. Photo Submitted 6/17/2014 (Thanks!)

Apalachicola NF Trail Photo

ATV going through water on the trail.

After a good rain, expect most of the trails to be water logged. ATVs and side by sides will have a blast here. Photo Submitted 8/14/2014 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size195,000 acres (305 sq mi)
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


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
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