State Forest Road 22 allows adventurers to trade the crowded beaches for secluded wilderness. This trail picks up where State Forest Road 28 left off and traverses through beautiful coastal pine forests and wetlands. This area is home to many wildlife species, including deer, bald eagles, wild hogs, turkeys, alligators, osprey, and black bear.
After crossing Highway 283 and hitting the gravel, the trail travels in a northerly direction before orienting itself on a west-east axis, ending at Highway 395. The trail consists of rough gravel but features several optional sand pit obstacles. There is a single shallow water crossing on the trail. Understand your vehicle's capabilities and do not attempt to cross if water levels are high.
Ensure you remain on opened trails. Trails closed to vehicular traffic are clearly marked. This is a popular multi-use trail system. You can expect to run into hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and offroaders.
There is a $2 daily fee for accessing State Forests throughout Florida. Dispersed camping is not available along this trail. The closest camping is in the Point Washington State Park, located at the Eastern Lake Campgrounds off Forest Road 7. There are eight primitive campsites, and reservations are required.
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