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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.

CS 49 – Pidcock Road Campsite, Tate’s Hell SF Campsite

Reserve this site on Reserve America, Tate’s Hell State Forest High Bluff Primitive Campsites. When you get to your campsite, find the closest point for cell connection. If you call 911 give 379 Pidcock Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest, as your address, GPS 29.81976 ,-84.82574. First responders will not know how to get your by campsite only. Reserve America does not give you this information on your confirmation.

This is the view you will get if you drive in.

We love to paddle Cash Creek and if we take one branch it will take us past this campsite. We paddle our way between the abandoned pilings in tannin colored water. When the water is higher, these pilings, concealed under brown water, can catch your boat and hold it fast, risking capsize. We earn the right to this warning from experience.

It’a always nice to see someone enjoying this site. It’s a huge campsite like most of the sites in Tate’s Hell and is perfect for paddlers who love to paddle the tributaries which empty into the Apalachicola River.

If we could access it easily from the water (and it could be done when the water level is up — easier in a canoe than a kayak), this would be a perfect place to stop for lunch.

There is a drop from the banks or thick mud along the rush-growing slough and the sand ledge is not substantial enough to hold a dismounting paddler. The river drops sharply on the edge of this site.

This would make an ideal full moon campsite. Just look at the view one gets from the site.

Looking upriver.

And, looking downriver.

On the road to the campground are several slash pine trees with the customary white band painted around their trunks — indicators of red cockaded woodpecker nests. We noticed that these had PVC pipes inserted in the hole. We didn’t see any activity in them, but wouldn’t it be great to have as neighbors these endangered birds (even if they might be noisy).

Tate’s Hell forests are mostly slash pines, not long leaf, which is the customary home of red cockaded woodpeckers. But we have seen one natural bored nest off Trout Creek in slash pine.

In the fall the estuary is a favorite spot for migrating birds.

We have never camped here, but this is one site we would like to try one day and figure out how one can more easily put-in and take-out kayaks.

There are three small campsites at the Cash Creek Landing (one is on a first come basis and not reservable), but this is a more desirable a camp site unless one prefers lots of company. There is more traffic at the Cash Creek Landing site from fishermen launching their boats to go into the estuaries and then to the Apalachicola River and drive in and turn around cars (particularly on the weekends). The Cash Creek Landing is a Day Use area with covered shelters over picnic tables.

This is a perfect site for paddlers who wish to paddle the area creeks and rivers, totally isolated even from the dispersed camping one finds in Tates Hell State Forest. We have been told by fishermen that fishing here is good. A young fisherman who lived near the Suwanee River camped here. We saw him in his fishing kayak on the New River at Gully Branch Road landing. He had no luck on Gully Branch, after a day of fishing, but he regaled us with stories about the fish he caught the day before on Cash creek.

The photos were taken when the tide was outgoing. Water levels will vary.

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