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Lafayette Forest - Planning Your Visit

Helpful Information

visitor admiring fall-blooming flowers

Visitor admiring fall-blloming gayfeather and goldenrod.

Lafayette Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area offers year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation, although during hunting days, access to the area is only open to individuals who have a quota hunt permit. (Exception: Visitors with a Special Use Authorization permit for Mallory Swamp WMA (obtained from the Suwannee River Water Management District) may traverse McCalls Chapel Grade through Lafayette Forest from 1 ½ hours after sunset until 1 ½  hours before sunrise.) Hunts occur over specific periods between September to March.

In the fall, winter and spring, temperatures are usually pleasant. These are the best times to hike, bike and horseback ride and to see a variety of migratory birds. Butterfly and plant enthusiasts will appreciate the wildflowers that bloom in the fall and spring and the butterflies they attract.


Lafayette Forest Hunt Calendar


This calendar is not a comprehensive guide to the hunting seasons on this area. For additional information about dates, times and regulations please check the regulations summary.

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2019 through June 2020)

Season Dates
Archery September 21-25, September 27 - October 1 and October 4-8
Muzzleloading Gun October 19-21
Family Hunt November 2-3 and 9-10
Wild Hog-Still January 18-22 and 25-29
Small Game November 11 - January 17 and January 30 - March 1
Spring Turkey - Youth March 14-15
Spring Turkey March 21-23 and 27-29