CS 55-57 – Cash Creek Campground, Tate’s Hell State Forest

Reserve sites 55 and 56 at Reserve America, Cash Creek, Tate’s Hell State Forest, Cash Creek section. When you get to your site, locate the area with cell connection. If you call 911, give as address, Cash Creek Recreation Area, 201 Cash Creek Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest, GPS 29.81643, -84.83709. First responders will not be able to locate you with just a campsite number. Reserve America does not include this information on your confirmation.

This campground does not afford much privacy, but is suitable for those who wish to be closer to the many paddling areas off SR 65, on the eastern tributaries of the Apalachicola River. It is also close to Eastpoint, the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, St. George Island and seafood retailers and restaurants. There is a concrete boat ramp at this day use area and campground with sandy launch areas for kayaks and canoes.

The photos above are of Cash Creek looking upriver (first two shots) and downriver. This is a favorite launching area for motorized fishing boats headed downstream through the estuaries. For kayakers and canoers, there are over 12 miles of paddling options upriver. Downriver paddling is among estuary grasses and without shade. One can easily get lost among the trails in the estuary without some type of directional aid.

We have seen swimmers near the dock; we have also seen large alligators upriver.

The amenities at this campground are a vault toilet (bring your own toilet paper, just in case, and sanitizer), bear-proof garbage cans, covered picnic tables. There is no water at the site — it is a primitive campground.

Campsite 55 is next to the day use pavilion, separated by palmettos.

This is across the day use pavilion and adjacent to the non-reservable walk-in site #57.

Although lined with sand and gravel, the bed is adequate for tents.

These sites are perfect if you wish to take a moonlight night paddle in Cash Creek (no trees to obscure path of moon across the sky) and return to watch enjoy the night at the landing or around your campfire. (There are large alligators in Cash creek).

The photos above were taken on an overcast day. The photos below of the creek looking upstream and then downstream were taken on a sunny day.

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