The Flatwoods Loop Trail in the Matanzas State Forest in St. Augustine.

Matanzas State Forest

A St. Augustine forest with hiking, primitive camping, and water recreation available.

Just south of SR 206.
6840 US 1 S., St. Augustine, FL, 32086
  • (904) 797-5073
  • With over 4,600 acres, Matanzas State Forest offers a large area of protected land where visitors may hike, bike, ride their horse, watch birds, and camp. Water activities are also available with water access for canoes, kayaks, and fishing.

    A multitude of wildlife makes its home in Matanzas, including songbirds, marsh birds, otter, deer, bald eagles, gopher tortoises, and wild hogs. A quarter of the land is wetland and swamps.

    For day hiking, biking, and horseback riding, visitors may enter at the Double Gate Road of Dixie Highway (U.S.1) south of the Bella Mia Stables. To obtain a free day-use permit that enables visitors to drive on forest roads, call (386) 585-6151. Hunting requires a license and permit, and is allowed only in Matanzas Wildlife Management Area during appropriate seasons.

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Restaurants Near Matanzas State Forest

Smokin' D's BBQ
0.1 miles away
Bistro 206 in St. Augustine.
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