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Apalachicola National Forest will reopen some boat ramps on Friday

Posted at 4:15 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 16:15:33-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Six boat ramps in the Apalachicola National Forest will reopen to the public at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 8.

After conducting risk assessments, Forest Service officials determined the following boat ramps can reopen for public use:

- Revell Landing
- Hitchcock Lake Landing
- White Oak Landing
- Cotton Landing
- Pine Creek Landing
- Smith Creek Landing

While those six boat ramps will be opened, officials said recreation areas and campgrounds may not be available for use.

Trails and trailheads remain open, but restrooms are shut down.

Visitors are asked to avoid congregating at trailheads and parking areas and to refrain from gathering in groups of 10 or more.

“We are looking forward to opening more recreation areas for public use and enjoyment. Recreating on the Apalachicola National Forest is an activity individuals and families look forward to experiencing every summer,” said Kelly Russell, National Forests in Florida Forest Supervisor. “While we understand there may be some excitement from the public to return to beloved recreation areas, please continue to follow local, state, and federal guidelines on staying safe.”

Officials said they will continue monitoring the situation as it develops.