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Recreation guide to District lands

Seminole State Forest


27,064 acres


Approximately 14 miles west of Sanford.


Seminole State Forest is one of many public properties in the scenic Wekiva River Basin. The forest was purchased by Florida’s Conservation and Recreation Lands program. The distinctive character of the forest is its ecological diversity, which includes 13 different natural communities. These characteristics are almost all of the naturally occurring vegetative communities found in central Florida, including flatwoods, scrub, blackwater streams and bottomland forests. The Wekiva River, designated an Outstanding Florida Water, creates the forest’s eastern boundary. Three named springs (Palm, Moccasin and Shark’s Tooth) and numerous small streams meander throughout the forest before joining Blackwater Creek.

Wildlife viewing:

The forest contains sand pine scrub, a rapidly disappearing biological community found predominately in Florida. The scrub provides important habitat for many rare and threatened species such as the Florida black bear and scrub jay. Other important species include the eastern indigo snake, hooded pitcher plant (Sarracenia minor), scrub bay (Persea humilis) and scrub holly (Ilex opaca var. arenicola).

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Fishing Horseback Riding Biking Camping Canoeing Canoe Launch Hunting
Recreational activities:
  1. Hiking, primitive camping, horseback riding, bicycling, canoeing and fishing.
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See signage and consult the Forest Service for hunting dates. Vehicle access is restricted in some areas. A State Forest Use Permit is required for drive-in access. Permits can be obtained by telephoning or visiting the Lake Forest Station.


The first entrance is located off of State Road (SR) 46, approximately 14 miles west of Sanford. Parking areas, entrance gates and trailheads are located at the second entrance, which is west of the Wekiva River on SR 44 in Cassia, approximately 12 miles east of the town of Eustis. Parking is available off of SR 44 and SR 46. Day use entrance fees are collected at self-service pay stations near the entrance gates.

For more information:

The Florida Forest Service is the lead property manager and can be reached at the Leesburg Forestry Station, 9610 County Road 44, Leesburg, FL 34788; (352) 360-6675 or (352) 360-6677.


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