Goethe State Forest
Comprised of over 53,500 acres, the Goethe State Forest provides for multiple uses from timber and wildlife management to outdoor recreation and ecological restoration.
The Goethe Trail System extends throughout the forest with access available directly across Highway 337 at the Apex trailhead. The forest is open during daylight hours for horseback riding, picnicking, hiking, bicycling, fishing, and wildlife viewing. All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins.
The Forest has more than 15 different natural communities: scrubby flatwoods, dome swamp, sandhill, and basin swamp, to name a few.
The Forest also contains what may be the largest tract of contiguous, old-growth longleaf pine flatwoods in the state.
This extensive old-growth forest has one of the largest red-cockaded woodpecker populations on state lands in Florida. Other rare animal species found on the forest include the Florida black bear, gopher tortoise, Sherman's fox squirrel and bald eagle.
Posted December 29, 2012 at 3:32 PM