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Apalachicola Wildlife Management Area

Couple at Apalachicola

As part the Apalachicola National Forest, this wildlife management area encompasses over 582,000 acres in Franklin, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties.


For hunting seasons and area regulations, view FWC's regulations summary brochure for Apalachicola WMA.


Fishing is permitted year-round. A Florida fishing license is required and can be purchased at


For the most up to date information, see the Camping section of FWC's regulations summary brochure for Apalachicola WMA.


Recreational opportunities abound on this area: hunting in the fall and winter, horseback riding, biking, hiking, swimming, fishing and paddling.

The Florida National Scenic Trail traverses the area, meandering through pine palmetto flatwoods interspersed by titi and cypress swamps. 

For more information about recreation, visit the following:

The US Forest Service's webpage for Apalachicola National Forest

The Northwest Florida Water Management District webpage for Florida River Island


Wildlife is abundant and includes red-cockaded woodpeckers, ospreys, bald eagles, turkeys, alligators and black bears. The Apalachee Savannahs Scenic Byway (CR 379) winds through the area's rare wet prairie habitat which is highlighted by wildflowers and carnivorous pitcher plants in the spring and fall.

Submit your bird observations to the Apalachicola National Forest eBird Hotspot.

More Information

For an area map, hunting seasons, permits, fees, rules regarding dogs and area regulations, view FWC's regulations summary brochure for Apalachicola WMA.

See also the Apalachicola Bradwell Unit for information on this small unit which borders on the Ochlockonee River.