Hike, bike, camp and horseback ride at Sand Pond Recreation Area in Pine Log State Forest

March 19, 2012

Dutch and Faye Trail at Sand Pond Recreation Area. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Sand Pond Recreation Area a great place to explore nature

Looking for a fun place to explore nature with the family? Load up the bikes and head over to Pine Log State Forest for a day of exploring trails. Located in Ebro on Highway 79, just south of State Road 20, Pine Log State Forest provides the perfect family outing. The Sand Pond Recreation Area is home to a diverse mix of flora and fauna. White tail deer, gopher tortoise, southern milkweed, white-top pitcher plants and Chapman’s crownbeard are just a few of the natural discoveries you may experience along the trails. Click here for trail map

Pine Log State Forest Dutch and Faye Trail primitive camping site overlooks Pine Log Creek. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

There are various natural communities within the area including pine flatwoods, cypress ponds and titi swamps. Pine Log State Forest has three named streams running through it: Pine Log Creek, Little Crooked Creek and Ditch Branch as well as several small lakes and ponds.

Pine Log offers an 11.5-mile horse trail in the main forest area, along with a 9, 4.5 and 5.5-mile bike/hike trail and 2-mile campground trail to explore within the Sand Pond Recreation Area. Scenic boardwalks overlook cypress ponds provide panoramic views. Picnic areas, grills and tables are scattered throughout the recreation area offering relaxing respite during your day of exploring.

The main campground area offers 20 campsites fully equipped with electric and water hook-ups. Restrooms with showers and a sanitary dumping station are located on site. Five primitive campsite areas are located off the trails on Pine Log Creek.

Pine Log State Forest is located off of Environmental Road on Hwy 79. Admission is $2 per vehicle for day use, $20/night for camping with electrical hookup and $10 for primitive camping. Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days during any 30-day period. A senior citizens (65 and over) and disabled persons discount is available.

For more information, contact Pine Log State Forest at (850) 535-2888.


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