Osceola National Forest

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Osceola National Forest
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Pinus palustris forest, Osceola National Forest.jpg
Map showing the location of Osceola National Forest
Map showing the location of Osceola National Forest
LocationFlorida, USA
Nearest cityOlustee, FL
Coordinates30°17′26″N 82°19′18″W / 30.29056°N 82.32167°W / 30.29056; -82.32167Coordinates: 30°17′26″N 82°19′18″W / 30.29056°N 82.32167°W / 30.29056; -82.32167
Area190,932 acres (77,267 ha)
EstablishedJuly 10, 1931
Governing bodyU.S. Forest Service
http://www.fs.usda.gov/florida
 
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Osceola National Forest
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Pinus palustris forest, Osceola National Forest.jpg
Map showing the location of Osceola National Forest
Map showing the location of Osceola National Forest
LocationFlorida, USA
Nearest cityOlustee, FL
Coordinates30°17′26″N 82°19′18″W / 30.29056°N 82.32167°W / 30.29056; -82.32167Coordinates: 30°17′26″N 82°19′18″W / 30.29056°N 82.32167°W / 30.29056; -82.32167
Area190,932 acres (77,267 ha)
EstablishedJuly 10, 1931
Governing bodyU.S. Forest Service
http://www.fs.usda.gov/florida
A Pine woods tree frog in the Osceola National Forest
Mushrooms in the Osceola National Forest

Osceola National Forest is an American National Forest located in Florida.

Osceola National Forest was created by President Herbert Hoover's proclamation, on July 10, 1931. It is named in honor of the Native American Seminole warrior, Osceola.

The forest is made up of approximately 200,000 acres (810 km2) of pine flatwoods and cypress-hardwood swamps in northeastern Florida and is about 50 miles (80 km) west of Jacksonville. It is located in parts of Columbia, Baker, Bradford, and Hamilton counties.[1] The forest is headquartered in Tallahassee, as are all three National Forests in Florida, but there are local ranger district offices located in Olustee. There is one officially designated wilderness area in the forest, the 13,660 acres (55.3 km2) Big Gum Swamp Wilderness.

Geography and ecology[edit]

Within the forest is the Osceola Research Natural Area, designated a National Natural Landmark in December 1974.[2][3]

Osceola National Forest is home to many species including the American Alligator, the Florida Black Bear and the Red-cockaded Woodpecker an endangered species: no less note worthy is the skunk ape.

Activities[edit]

A 28-mile (45 km) section of the Florida National Scenic Trail is included in the park grounds. Other hiking trails in the Park include: Olustee Battlefield Trail (an American Civil War battlefield), Trampled Track Trail, and Mt. Carrie Trail. There are two horseback riding trails through open pine flatwoods and near scenic bays. The park is also open to hunters and fishermen with permits.

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