From family and youth hunts to trail rides and hikes, there is something for the whole family at Lafayette Forest.


Hiking, Bicycling & Horseback Riding

Experience Lafayette Forest by exploring marked loop trails. Choose a short 0.3-mile loop or longer 4.5-mile or 4.68-mile loops that follow existing roads and firebreaks. A trailhead and horse trailer parking area is located at the west end of McCalls Chapel Grade near the Mallory Swamp entrance.Keep horses on firebreaks, designated trails and named or numbered roads.

 turkey Jamie Adams

Wild Turkey - This wild ancestor of the domestic turkey is a highly heralded game bird known for its thundering gobbling call and spectacular eyesight.



From September through March, hunting opportunities at Lafayette Forest include quota hunt seasons for archery, muzzleloading gun, family hunt, youth turkey, spring turkey and wild hog-still hunts. Quota permits limit the number of hunters accessing the area during all hunting seasons to provide a safe, high-quality-hunting experience.  Check the Regulations Summary and hunt calendar before you visit.

Wildlife Viewing


Wildlife viewing is good at most spots on the WEA, especially in and around the wetlands. The diverse birdlife includes the indigo bunting, yellow-billed cuckoo and ruby-throated hummingbird. The hardwood forests provide habitat for white-tailed deer. Clear cut areas on the WEA provide good edge habitat and opportunities to spot wildlife. The drier uplands support numerous gopher tortoise burrows. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife. 




FWC Facts:
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards.

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