Monthly Archives: February 2019

CS 19-21, Country Line OHV Campground, Tate’s Hell State Forest

While this campground, with vault toilet, has been designated as an OHV (off highway vehicle) campground, anyone may reserve campsites 20 and 21. The third campsite, 19, is a walk-in site. This site is very close to CR 67 and may make for a good stopover night for those traveling through. It is a primitive campsite, except for the vault toilet.

Reserve campsites 20 and 21 at Reserve America, Tate’s Hell State Forest, OHV Campground. When you arrive check the closest point which will get you cell connection. If you call 911, give 2000 County Line Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest, as your address. GPS 30.01140, -84.61603. First responders will not be able to find you if you just give a campsite number. Reserve America will not include this address with your confirmation.

You should bring a spare roll of toilet tissue and a disinfectant spray, just in case. Hand sanitizers are not provided. There is no water at the site.

A map of OHV trails is posted on the toilet wall as well as a individual trail information. Your machine must be equipped with a spark arrester. Other rules and informational pamphlets are also available here.

Campsite #19

Campsite #19 is a walk-up, non-reservable site.

It is a smallest of the 3 sites and will fit an RV or a family sized tent or 2 two person tents comfortably.

Campsite 20:

This is a reservable site which is larger than the walk-up site, but smaller than 21. It lies between campsite 19 and 21 — the sites are close to each other and lack privacy, particularly since many trees were felled by Hurrican Michael in October, 2018.

With a saw, however, and axe, you’ll have all the free campwood you need (2019).

Campsite 21:

Campsite 21 is reservable. It is the largest of the 3 sites and can hold a medium sized RV or trailer and a small tent comfortably.

Bring a saw and axe, if you wish free firewood for your fire pit (in 2019).

You must bring your own water. These are primitive campsites.

Pack out what you bring.

CS #22 Bus Stop Campsite in Tate’s Hell State Forest

Reserve this site at Reserve America, CS #22 Bus Stop in Tate’s Hell State Forest, Juniper Creek section. When you get to your site, check the nearest point which will get you cell coverage. If you call 911, give 5000 Bus Stop Camp Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest, as your address, GPS 29.98120, -84.62627. First responders will not know how to get you if you just give them a campsite number. Reserve America will not include this address on your confirmation.

Campsite 22 has a very long entry, lined by a hedges of native species and behind that the customary ditches which drained the land when it was a plantation.

This is like having a long walk way to your campsite and makes for a private strolling lane.

The site itself is high and dry and flat and can easily accommodate 3-4 two person tents with lots of room to spare.

It is easy to find, large and private.

This is a site where a portable toilet (with disposable, biodegradable bags) will probably be easier than making your own pit because of the ditches surrounding the campsite. Where there is water which will empty into a larger creek or river, toilet pits should be dug 200 feet from the water. This might be difficult at this campsite.

CS#6, Borrow Pit Campsite, Tate’s Hell State Forest

Reserve this campsite at Reserve America, Tate’s Hell State Forest, New River section. When you get to the site, check for the best place to receive and send cell-phone calls. If you call 911 use 1850 River Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest as your address, GPS 29.91707, -84.73446. First responders will not be able to find you with just a campsite designation. Reserve America will not include this address in your confirmation.

There are two campsites at Borrow Pond Campground, CS 6 and CS 7. We were unable to find CS 7 also on River Road, but will report on it when we can.


At CS 6, the sandy road (hard packed enough for a bike) surrounds the pond. There may be local folks fishing here — the pond has fish.

This is the view of the larger pond from the campsite.

Borrow Point CS 6 would be a great camping area for active children who also like wide spaces to run around. The pond itself is easy to access with canoes or kayaks or SUPs. We’ve never been there in early morning or dusk, but we suspect that there would be lots of wildlife and aquatic activity then.

The oak tree over the two picnic tables provides the only daytime shade, although surrounding trees will provide some shade depending on the angle of the sun.

The campsite was a mess when we saw it — there was a old TV set in the firepit. More than likely it will be cleaned up, but it does not make for a good photo.

It’s easy to get into the pond by boat.

A walk around the pond along the sand road is perhaps 1/2 miles.

River Road is nearby so you are not as isolated here, although traffic in Tate’s Hell State Forest is sparse.

When we visited this site the red maples, Walter’s viburnum and the dew berries (like small blackberries, though ripening early) were in bloom.

If you camp(ed) here, please comment in the box below at the end of the post.

CS 48, Warren Bluff Road Campsite, Tate’s Hell State Forest Camping



Reserve this campsite on Reserve America, Tate’s Hell State Forest, Picketts Bay section. When you get to your campsite, check for the closest point to your site to get cell coverage. If you call 911, give 1310 Warren Bluff Camp Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest, as your address, GPS 29.87356, -84.69641. First responders will not be able to find you by just your campsite number. Reserve America will not include this address in your confirmation.

As in many Tate’s Hell campsites, the road to your campsite can be a long and windy (and private) road.

Upland pine forests leading to estuaries — you get two habitats.

Remains of timber plantation drainage ditches remain, draining into Crooked River.

The campsite itself is large — like other Tate’s Hell sites you can configure to your party and your needs.

For paddlers, access to Crooked River is easy.

This was taken at low tide.

The view is spectacular — wide open spaces.

Below view to your right and below that to your left.

At low tide, there is a swath of sandy beach.

False rosemary blooming in late February, rather early this year.

If you camp(ed) here, please comment in the box provided at the end of this post.

CS 47, Oxbow Campsite, Tate’s Hell State Forest

Campsite 47 is on Warren Bluff Road and we were encoutering large water-filled holes that when we realized we had missed the turn to this site. We didn’t feel like retracting our bumpy/muddy excursion to find it. We will report on it when it dries out. Warren Bluff Road probably should not be attempted when its wet by passenger cars. Tate’s Hell State Forest was purchased by the state for restoration of a critical watershed for two major north Florida rivers and restoration is the primary mission of this forest. GPS location: 29.87059, -84.68293.

CS 46 – Sunday Rollaway Campsite, Tate’s Hell State Forest

You can reserve this camp site on Reserve America, Tate’s Hell State Forest, Picketts Bay section. When you get to your site, check cell coverage and find closest point where you can get that coverage. If you need to call 911 give 640 Sunday Rollaway Camp Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest, as your address, GPS 29.90432, -84.65221. First responders will not be able to find you if you only give a campsite number. Reserve America will not include this information on your confirmation.

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Sunday Rollaway bears the remnants of the pine plantation which it was before the state of Florida acquired Tate’s Hell State Forest to restore it to its natural function — a watershed for the Ochlockonee and Apalachicola Rivers.

After a long entry drive, one comes across this delightful end of the road camp site.

The photo above is facing the entrance. It’s what one would see while camping here.

If you have children, they will immediately be taken by the small sandy area at the end of the road where the remnants of pilings which held a bridge are still visible.

Although folks who bank fish may wish access to the end of the road, it seems you can spread out as much as you like without blocking road access to them as a matter of courtesy. Those wishing to launch come campsites are allowed to do so in Tate’s Hell State Forest; hopefully they will respect your desire for privacy and room and will park the cars at the entry and walk in to the river once the boats have been unloaded.

The channels alongside the campsite may make for a buggy summer. This seems an ideal fall through spring site.

The campsite sits high enough above the water line that it will remain dry.

A small area of sand at the end will allow for easy access of canoes or kayaks.

The view to the left at the end of the road is the Crooked River East and to the right Crooked River as it winds itself into and estruarian environment to join the Carrabelle River (New river) and then to the Gulf of Mexico.

Tate’s Hell provides several different type of low land ecosystems in which to camp. You will be camping in estuaries here — giving you wide expanses of sky (sun and moon).

In an prematurely early spring we saw buckwheat trees in full bloom along the entry and white violets on the ground.

There are few trees on this site, so it may be very hot during the summer. Not sure whether you’ll be close enough to the ocean to benefit from evening breezes.

If you camp here, please post your comments on the box provided at the end of this post.

CS 45 Crooked River Tate’s Hell State Forest

Reserve this site at Reserve America, Tate’s Hell State Forest, Crooked River section. If you call 911 give 1000 Crooked River Camp #45 Rd., Tate’s Hell State Forest, as your address, GPS 29.91136, -84.58628. First responders will not be able to find you if you use the CS number in Tate’s Hell State Forest. Reserve America will not include this information in your confirmation.

When you get to your site, check your cell phone connection or find the closest point where you can get a connection.

This site is on the south side of the Crooked River with a long entry.

Right on the river, it is a large lot.

There is no landing, but canoes and kayaks can be launched from the river’s edge.

To view of the river facing east and west are shown below respectively.

If you camp here, please post your comments about this site in the box provided at the end of this post.

CS 44, Crooked River, Tate’s Hell State Forest

Campsite #44 and Campsite #45 are on the south side of the Crooked River which connects the Ochlockonee River on the east to the Carrabelle (New River) to the west. It is subject to tides from Ochlockonee Bay and from Carrabelle Bay.

This site may be reserved at Reserve America, Tate’s Hell State Forest Crooked River Section. If you call 911 the address you should give for this site is 680 Crooked River Camp #44 Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest, GPS 29.90908, -84.60210. First responders will not be able to find you if you only give them the campsite number in Tate’s Hell State Forest. Reserve America will not include this information on your confirmation.

When you get to your site, check your mobile phone connection or find the closest point where you can send and receive calls.

This has a very long entry.

This site also has a landing which is used by motorized boats and a circle to enable trucks and trailers to launch and a separate large parking area is for the fishermen parking.

The campsite sits right on the Crooked River.

The view west toward the Carrabelle River is shown below and below that the view east to the Ochlockonee River.

If you camp at any of these sites, please add your comments in the box provided at the end of this post.

Campsites #41-#43, Rock Landing Campground, Tate’s Hell State Forest

There are 3 campsites at Rock Landing Campground. Only sites 41 and 42 are reservable through Reserve America. Site 43 is a walk-in campsite. All three sites have connecting sections which can, for groups, expand the large sites into even larger ones. If you call 911 the address for this campground is 5081 Rock Landing Rd, Tate’s Hell State Forest. GPS 29.98018, -84.56822. First responders will not be able to find you if you just giver your campsite number in Tate’s Hell SF. Reserve America will not include this information on your confirmation.

When you get to your site, check your cell phone signal or find the closest place you will be able to transmit or receive calls.

Rock Landing Recreation area includes a covered group pavilion, a single picnic table, unisex vault toilet, a boat landing, 2 reservable campsites and 1 walk-in campsite. It is both a day use area and a camping area. There is no potable water at this campground.

The view west of the Crooked River is show below and below that is the view east of the Crooked River.

The Crooked River meets the Ochlockonee River on the east and Carrabelle River (New River) on the west. The Crooked river is impacted by tides from the east and tides from the west.

Campsite #41

Closest to the day use area and vault toilet, CS 41 has a connecting area which can expand group camping areas if two sites are reserved. The lot is large.

Campsite #42

The above photo is the connector between CS 41 and 42.

Campsite #43

Campsite #43 cannot be reserved, it is a walk-up site. However, there is a connector between campsite 42 and 43.

The connector between CS 43 and 42.

If you camp here, please add your comments in the box provided at the end of this post.

CS 28, Loop Landing, Tate’s Hell State Forest

Reserve this site on Reserve America, Tate’s Hell State Forest, Womack Creek section. If you need to call 911, the address of the campsite is 5500 Loop Landing Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest. GPS 29.99005, -84.53565. First responders will not be able to find you if you give only your campsite number. Reserve America will not list this information on your confirmation.

When you get to your campsite, check your cell phone signal or find the nearest location where you will be able to send or receive calls.

Loop Landing campsite is located on the eastern end of the Crooked River, close to where the Crooked River meets the Ochlockonee River.

Right now, the campsite is pretty muddy, a combination of the clearing of debris and trees which fell from the winds of Hurricane Michael and possibly also heavier RV traffic on this site. This is a tent/RV site, but right now less attractive for tent camping. Normally, there is much more grassy areas.

It is one of the loveliest campsites in Tate’s Hell, large as are most of the forest’s sites and secluded.

A family of river otters lives nearby.

It is easy to put-in and take-out at this landing.

The view of the western Crooked River is first and below that, the view eastward where Crooked River joins the Ochlockonee River.

If you camp here, please post your comments in the box at the end of this post.