FL Panhandle/Lower AL Bushcraft Locations

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  1. Luzster

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    Alright folks... looking for some recommendations here...

    Looking for an area in/around/near the FL panhandle/Lower AL that is Bushcraft friendly. FL state parks are cool for regular camping/glamping but way too restrictive with regards to Bushcraft. Can't cut down dead standing trees, have to camp in designated campsites that you have to pay for, etc etc etc.

    I don't know anyone with private property big enough to do bushcrafty stuff on and hiking and such so that's out.

    Anyone know of some good areas where you can bushcraft and not get fined or put in jail down this way?

    ~Preston
     
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    Apalachicola national forest. It's about an hour southwest of Tallahassee.
     
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    I've been looking for a similar area here in SE Georgia. We suffer from the same restrictions. I haven't heard anything about open fire restrictions but pretty sure they are in force.
     
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    I've been trying to get some info on it, like trails, hiking, etc. Are you familiar with it? AS far as I can tell, you can do dispersed camping and such and not worry about the park rangers writing you a fine for cutting down a dead standing tree or whatnot...
     
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    I haven't been out that way in years, but there's lot of room to roam. I'd just check to see if there's any areas to avoid or that are especially nice.
     
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    Just north of Florida is the state of Wisconsin. Plenty of state and federal land to play in..:)
     
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    conecuh national forest has trails, primitive campsites, and an improved one, with excellent swimming. don't know the standing tree rules, but there is so much deadfall, i don't know why you'd need a standing tree. a member on this site named bosco has hiked in conecuh ...
     
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    Oh yeah, just a short jaunt..... o_O
     
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    @Bosco any input on Conecuh?
     
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    Can you do dispersed camping there or do you have to camp in the designated camp sites?
     
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    This may be a great option
     
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    I recently posted about finding a place to bushcraft in WI recently. Not too many if your not in the Northern half of the state.
     
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    I have not yet hiked or camped in Conecuh. I have driven through scouting the area and have downloaded maps. It's on my to-do list. I will investigate a little further as I am ready for some new scenery myself.
     
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    I found this info--camping is allowed on the trail but you need to check with the Rangers to determine other rules:
    https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/alabama/about-forest/districts/?cid=stelprdb5155075

    Conecuh Trail is a 20 mile easy to moderate hiking trail that visitors can enjoy all year.

    Hikers enjoy passing through a variety of habitats including fire-maintained open longleaf pine, bottomland swamps and bays, and cypress ponds and other natural wetlands.

    The entire Conecuh Trail can be hiked in two days.

    Mountain biking is welcomed on the 10 miles of the North Loop and the 1.5 mile Lake Shore Loop at Open Pond. The remainder of the trail is reserved for hikers only.

    Primitive camping is permitted at least 200 feet from the trail, outside of deer gun season (generally February through mid-November) During deer gun season, written permission from the District Office is needed to camp outside of Open Pond Campground. This permission ensures adequate coordination with scheduled deer hunts on Blue Spring Wildlife Management Area.

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    None

    Opening Dates
    Open all year

    Contacts
    Conecuh National Forest
    Tim Mersmann, Ranger
    24481 Alabama Hwy 55
    Andalusia, AL 36420
    (334) 222-2555
     
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    I've tried calling and emailing them and haven't gotten anything back yet. I'll keep trying though.

    Other plan I have going is a buddy's property down here, not too far away from Blackwater River State Park. He has 5 acres with a creek running through it. Just need to spend some time bushwhacking a trail and make a campsite. He said that I and friends can do whatever we want there. Going to go try and check it out next weekend or the weekend after Easter. How far do you live from the Pensacola area @Bosco ?
     
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    I will send PM
     

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