Category Archives: North Florida camping

New River paddle and camp – March 2017



These photos were submitted by David Brashears, one of the paddlers who enjoyed a 2 day, 21 mile paddle on the New River from FR 22 to Pope’s Place Campsite on the river.



Stopping for lunch along the upper river.





The group camped at campsite 17 on the east side of the river the first night.



The second day’s paddle, stopping for lunch at Gully Branch landing and campground.


The group then paddled another 6 miles to the take-out on the west side of the river, Pope’s Place campsite.


The weather was great, the river 18 inches lower than a week ago when a scouting and clearing party prepared for this trip.

When the deciduous trees begin to leaf on the New River, the water is drawn quickly.  In a dry spring, there will only be pockets of water in the upper section, waiting for summer rains to replenish the river.   Early spring brings the best chances of paddling, rather than walking, this stretch.

Tate’s Hell State Forest Camping Reservations

Tate’s Hell State Forest Campsites can be reserved through Reserve America.   However, not all information is in one place.  Recommend first that you access the Tate’s Hell State Forest map and locate the campsite you wish before you access the reservation site.  See

Then call, Marti Miller, at 850 681-5963 (Talquin District State Forest) or e-mail  for information on how that campsite is listed on Reserve America site before you access the reservation site.   Certain sites are not available during hunting season and you may not want to be near these sites if you are not a hunter.  Womack Creek Campground is in a no-hunting area with 12 sites, 3 with electricity and set up for RV’s.

The fee is still $10 plus less than $4 for the Reserve America fee.