Osceola National Forest
Located off Route 90, Olustee Beach is part of the Osceola National Forest. It is a small sandy area located on Ocean Pond. This recreation area features swimming, picnic areas including tables and bbq’s, fishing, bird watching and hiking.
At the time of our visit the entry fee was $3 per vehicle. It is now $5 per vehicle ($2.50 with a seniors pass) to enter the recreation area.
The Iron Ranger
Upon entering Olustee Beach you will come across what we have come to call the “Iron Ranger” which is nothing more than a pay station. It is here you will pay your entrance fee by putting your cash in the envelope, removing the hang tag off the envelope for your vehicle and dropping the the envelope down the slot. You are now good to go!!!
Before you get to the main parking area for the beach, you will come across an area that you can make a left turn at. This is were the boat ramp, fishing pier, and parking is located. There are also restrooms located here. It’s a great place to launch a Kayak.
If you were to go straight from the pay station instead of turning towards the boat launch you would wind up in the main parking lot for the beach. From here you have access to the beach, restrooms, picnic area, and a short walking trail.
The main beach area restrooms and showers were kept up and clean. The bathhouse was clean and only a short walk from the parking area.
The Picnic Area
The picnic area consisted of one large covered pavilion and numerous picnic tables scattered about. Each picnic table had a bbq grill next to it.
There was a playground area that consisted only of a swing-set. Next to the playground was an interpretive play area where the kids could read and draw on boards.
Trampled Track Trail
There is also a short walking trail called the Trampled Track Trail that leads to an old train track. This trail has signs that informs you of the areas rich Turpentining history.
- Family friendly picnic areas
- Play area for kids
- Motorized and Non-motorized boat launch
- Hiking trail
- Clean Facilities
- Gets busy at times
- Some BBQ’s were badly rusted and rotted
- No pets (except service animals)
This recreation area is a great place to bring the family for a fun day out. The grounds and restrooms were clean and there were a number of things to do throughout the park to keep everyone busy yet relaxed. Should we ever be in the area again we would certainly come back to this park.
Date of Visit: March 5th, 2018
Sanderson, FL 32087