Year-Round SAN FELASCO HAMMOCK STATE PARK

Now at 7,000 acres, the San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is one of the finest examples of the climax mesic hammocks remaining in Florida.  The limestone outcrops and extreme […]

Now at 7,000 acres, the San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is one of the finest examples of the climax mesic hammocks remaining in Florida.  The limestone outcrops and extreme changes in elevation provide conditions for at least 18 biological communities within the hammock, including areas of sandhill, hydric hammock, upland pine, and swamp. Thanks to the region’s karst topography, sinkholes, steephead springs, ponds, and small lakes dot the landscape. Blues Creek, Turkey Creek, and Cellon Creek all enter San Felasco from outside the park boundary and flow through the park, finally dropping into swallows, which drain back into the aquifer.

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Recreational Opportunities:  San Felasco has two entrances: one for hiking and trail running to the south, and one for mountain biking and equestrian activities to the north. The southern two-thirds of the park are designated for hiking only. The northern 2,000 acres are designated for multi-use purposes including horseback riding and off-road bicycling. Trails in this section were built by The Friends of San Felasco, Inc. and other interested volunteers.

A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER:  Randy Brown

Welcome to Summer at San Felasco!  Although many of our trails are shady, the temperature and humidity are still a challenge.  Early morning is the best time of day to enjoy the park.  When you come, be sure to bring plenty of water for yourself and your dog if you bring him.  Watch out for afternoon thunderstorms!  They can easily make up in just a few minutes.  Use due care and be aware of changing weather conditions.

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GETTING HERE

To the Hiking Trailhead: Take I-75 to C.R. 222 (Milepost Exit 390 – Old Exit 77) and drive west 2.9 miles to C.R. 241. Turn right onto C.R. 241 and drive 2.0 miles to C.R. 232. Turn right onto C.R. 232 and drive 2.2 miles. The park entrance is on the right just east of the I-75 overpass. (No interchange at this overpass.)
To the Equestrian and Mountain Bike Trailhead: Take I-75 to U.S. 441 (Milepost Exit 399 – Old Exit 78) and drive south 2.8 miles (through the city of Alachua). Turn right onto Progress Blvd. Drive 0.7 miles to the park entrance. (Continue past the end of the pavement and onto the grade road.) Pets, except for horses, are not allowed.