Avon Park Air Force Range is a 106,000-acre military training and recreational program providing recreational opportunities to the public and military personnel.
Outdoor Recreation at Avon Park Air Force Range
Enjoy fishing, hunting, camping and hiking or participate in their outdoor educational opportunities for all ages. APAFR is home to numerous amounts of extraordinary wildlife including the three important birds: the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Florida Scrub-Jay (vulnerable) and the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow (endangered).
Be sure to visit the website or call before you go. This is an active training center and is closed to the public at times.
Access by permit only
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Avon Park Air Force Range
The Avon Park Air Force Range is a 106,000 acre military training facility located in Polk and Highlands Counties, in south-central Florida The Outdoor Recreation Program works in coordination with the U.S. Air Force to provide recreational opportunities to the public and military personnel.
APAFR is known as a world-class destination for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, birding, and outdoor educational opportunities for all ages.
The Official APAFR Mission is…
Provide a sustainable, world-class training complex focused on advanced, realistic and relevant training for joint, interagency, and multinational partners, excelling in air-ground integration and Agile Combat Employment.
In addition to preparing our Nation’s troops, APAFR provides roughly 78,000 acres of land for public use and over 2,500 additional acres set aside for active military, Department of Defense employees, and retired veterans. The Fish, Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation program in cooperation with other programs on range manages wildlife and habitats using sound scientific practices including species surveys, game size and bag limits, rotational prescribed burning, cattle leases, and timber management.