Florida Forest Service Closes Campgrounds Before Hurricane Dorian Hits

With Hurricane Dorian looming, the Florida Forest Service announced it will be closing campgrounds in state forests across the Sunshine State, starting at 1 pm on Friday.

“The safety of Florida’s residents and visitors is our top priority as Hurricane Dorian approaches our state,” said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. “Closing these campgrounds allows us to focus our Florida Forest Service resources on other mission-critical functions throughout the storm.”

The campgrounds in state forests listed below will remain closed through Thursday, September 5 at 11:59 PM. Campgrounds in state forests not included on the list will remain open. The list is as follows:

Cary State Forest, Nassau County: Cary State Forest Campground, Cary Youth Group Camp

Charles H. Bronson State Forest, Seminole/Orange County: Charles H. Bronson Primitive Campsite

Etoniah Creek State Forest, Putnam County: Green Camp, Iron Bridge Camp Shelter

Goethe State Forest, Levy County: Tidewater Campground

Indian Lake State Forest, Marion County: Indian Lake Campground

Ross Prairie State Forest, Marion County: Ross Prairie Primitive Campsite

Jennings State Forest, Clay County: Bootleggers Campground, Hammock Campground, Dunns Creek Camp Zone, North Fork Black Creek Camp Zone

John M. Bethea State Forest, Baker County: Maple Set Campground

Lake George State Forest, Volusia County: River Road Campground

Lake Wales Ridge State Forest, Polk County: Arbuckle Primitive Campsites, Reedy Creek Campground I, Reedy Creek II Hunt Camp, Walk in the Water Campground, Walk in the Water Primitive Campsites

Little Big Econ State Forest, Seminole County: East Camp Zone, West Camp Zone

Matanzas State Forest, St. Johns County: Cedar Creek Campground, Matanzas State Forest Group Camp

Myakka State Forest, Sarasota County: Flying A Campground, Primitive Campsites

Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest, Hendry/Collier County: Panther Pond Primitive Campground, Wildcow Primitive Group Camp

Picayune Strand State Forest, Collier County: Horseshoe Equestrian Group Camp, Horseshoe Primitive Campground, Kirkland Hammock Primitive Campsite

Ralph E. Simmons State Forest, Nassau County: Group Camp 1, Group Camp 2

Seminole State Forest, Lake County: Primitive Campsites, Primitive Group Campsites

Tiger Bay State Forest, Volusia County: Bennett Field Campground, Bennett Field Group Camp, Tram Road Equestrian Campground

Twin Rivers State Forest, Suwannee County: Primitive Campsites

Welaka State Forest, Putnam County: Dorms, Equestrian Campground, Primitive Campsites

Withlacoochee State Forest, Citrus/Sumter/Hernando County: Annutteliga Hammock Unit Primitive Camp Zone, Buttgenbach Campground at Croom Motorcycle Area, Citrus Tract Primitive Camp Zone Loops B, C, and D, Crooked River Campground, Crooked River Group Camp, Croom Tract Primitive Camp Zone East, Croom Tract Primitive Camp Zone Paddle In, Croom Tract Primitive Camp Zone West, Cypress Glen Campground, Hog Island Campground, Hog Island Youth Group, Camp Holder Mine Campground, Jumper Creek Primitive Camp Zone, Mutual Mine Campground, Mutual Mine Youth Group Camp, Richloam Tract Primitive Camp Zones North, East, and South, River Junction Campground, Silver Lake Campground, Tillis Hill Campground, Two Mile Prairie Tract Bearhead Hammock Primitive Campsites, Two Mile Prairie Tract Oxbow Primitive Camp Zone Paddle In.


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