Osceola National Forest - Swamp Thing

Total Miles
20.0

Elevation

41.02 ft

Duration

3 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer

Trail Overview

"Swamp Thing" is a route in the central part of the Osceola National Forest. It starts out as hard-packed dirt and limestone that almost any vehicle should be able to handle without issue. The trail winds through the forest, gradually becoming wetter and muddier, before eventually entering Big Gum Swamp. At this point, the mud holes and water pits become frequent and depending on rainfall, very deep. Eventually, the trail will become a long stretch of nearly constant water pits, before gradually transitioning back to dirt, with only occasional mud and water. Drivers should exercise common sense and caution if driving solo, and stick to the outside of the larger pits. Cell service is spotty the further you travel into the forest.

Photos of Osceola National Forest - Swamp Thing

Osceola National Forest - Swamp Thing
Osceola National Forest - Swamp Thing
Osceola National Forest - Swamp Thing

Difficulty

Water pits can be deceptively deep in the center. Lower clearance and solo vehicles should stick to the outside of the water pits.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Sebastian G
Apr 20, 2024
2024 Ford Bronco
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet
The trail is for the most part sand/dirt. I’m assuming from the rain last week, the water crossings were pretty deep. And difficult to base the depth. At one point the water was easily over 3 feet, but only for a very short distance. Other than those water crossings (there are a few), the trail is very nice, easy, and relatively smooth. Saw a couple gators too.
Logan Vondrak
Mar 23, 2024
1995 GMC K-Series
Open
Muddy/Wet
It rained all day the day before we got there so all the water spots were full my truck is a 1995 gmc k1500 6in lift and 37in tires some of the water holes were over my hood. Other than scaring the poop out of me because I don’t have a snorkel was able to make everything with no issues will definitely be coming back
Matthew Jacobs
Jul 16, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet

Access Description

Swamp Thing is accessible from US Highway 441, near Lake City, FL.

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