Les Hassel Excursions
Tate’s Hell State Forest
Hiking: (minimum 4 hours)
The Coastal Bluff Trail, four miles long with two trail heads, provides a moderate hike through scrub habitat, sand pines, and relic dunes. Wetland portions of the trail hold water during the rainy season. Tate’s Hell State Forest is home to a large population of Florida black bears, red-cockaded woodpeckers, and bald eagles. Bring hat, sunscreen, and bug spray. Don’t forget your binoculars and camera.
Driving: (3 hours, 60 miles round trip)
The Ralph G. Kendrick Dwarf Cypress Boardwalk is worth the 15 mile drive on logging roads to view the “hat rack” cypress trees from the bird’s eye vantage point. Along the way, depending on the time of year and time of day, chances are good a deer, bobcat, bear, or wild turkey will cross the road in front of us. Next, travel to pine flatwoods to view red-cockaded woodpecker trees. Then, on to a wet prairie savannah to see carnivorous pitcher plants. Finally, we will visit the New River at the Gully Branch Recreation Area for a rest stop before returning to Carrabelle.