Goethe State Forest
Goethe State Forest.jpg
Goethe State Forest as seen from FL 121 westbound, March 2019
Goethe State Forest is located in Florida
Goethe State Forest
LocationLevy and Alachua counties, Florida
Nearest cityDunnellon
Coordinates29°13′07″N 82°34′39″W / 29.218703°N 82.577477°W / 29.218703; -82.577477Coordinates: 29°13′07″N 82°34′39″W / 29.218703°N 82.577477°W / 29.218703; -82.577477
Area53,398 acres (216.19 km2)
Administered byFlorida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The Goethe State Forest is in the U.S. state of Florida. The 53,398-acre (216 km2) forest is located near the gulf coast, north of Dunnellon. Four trailheads are located on County Road 337. The main trail usage is equestrian, both riders and carts. Goethe is known for its population of red cockaded woodpeckers, a rare bird endemic to the longleaf pine forests of the southeastern coastal plain.[1]

The forest was established in 1992 and named for James Tillinghast Goethe (1897-1993),[2] a local lumber company owner who donated most of his land to the state for preservation.[3] Other tracts of the land were purchased separately in 2010.

The main tract of the forest is also co-owned by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which declares it the Goethe Wildlife Management Area.[4] The Watermelon Pond tracts were purchased by the FWC in 2007 and merged with the forest in 2010.[5]


See also


  1. ^ "Goethe State Forest".
  2. ^ James Tillinghast Goethe (Find-A-Grave)
  3. ^ Lumberman's Business a "Hobby," by Larry Schuster (The Tampa Tribune; Citrus County Edition; November 10, 1986)
  4. ^ WMA Brochure Search - Goethe (FWC)
  5. ^ Watermelon Pond Wildlife and Environmental Area (FWC)