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Florida State Forest will reopen some campgrounds, recreation areas on Friday

Posted at 9:10 AM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 09:13:51-04

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Forest Service has announced phase one of reopening Florida State Forest campgrounds, campsites, and recreation areas.

Starting Friday, several Florida State Forest campgrounds, campsites, and recreation areas will reopen to the public.

“The public health of Floridians and our Florida Forest Service personnel is of utmost importance during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Commissioner Nikki Fried. “Our Florida State Forest recreation areas are some of Florida’s greatest natural treasures, but in an abundance of caution, we are taking a cautious, measured approach to re-opening these areas while continuing to follow CDC guidelines.”

As Florida State Forest recreation areas reopen, officials urge the public to continue following CDC guidelines.

Officials say this will allow Florida Forest Service first responders to remain focused on protecting life, property and natural resources during the peak of Florida’s year-round wildfire season.

Florida State Forests as a whole remain open, including roads that are accessible for the public to drive on.

The full list of reopening Florida State Forest facilities may be found here .

Here are some guidelines the facilities have implemented:

  • Most campgrounds, primitive campsites and trailheads located on state forests will reopen with limited capacity.
  • Campsite reservations must be made online or by calling (877) 879-3859.
  • Day-use passes are not required at this time.

Areas that remain closed:

  • Restrooms remain closed except at open campgrounds.
  • Some recreation and day-use areas.

Click here, for a complete list of open and closed areas.