Deep Creek Conservation Area
5,577 total acres.
A portion of this property is jointly owned with the state of Florida.
The north and west tracts are in St. Johns and Putnam counties, on the east side of the St. Johns River, north and south of State Road (SR) 207, near the town of Hastings. The Edgefield tract is between East Palatka and Hastings, north of SR 207.
The area consists of three parts — all adjacent to Deep Creek or one of its tributaries. The majority of the conservation area is floodplain swamp associated with Deep Creek and the St. Johns River. The largest upland portion, which is dominated by pine flatwoods, is located adjacent to the parking area on County Road (CR) 13. The majority of the Edgefield tract is a stormwater treatment area constructed to improve water quality in a tributary of the St. Johns River called Dog Branch. Although the primary function of this treatment area is to clean surface water from a portion of the tri-county agricultural area, it was also designed to provide habitat for wetland and upland plants and animals.
At the Edgefield tract, a wide variety of wading and marsh birds can be observed from a close distance. Common species include great blue heron, double-breasted cormorant, anhinga, common egret, tri-colored heron, boat-tailed grackle, and red-winged blackbird. Deer and turkey can be seen in the flatwoods near CR 13.
- Hiking, biking, photography and wildlife viewing.
- Fishing, boating and paddling opportunities are available on Deep Creek; however, there are no launches located on the property. more info
Restrictions: more info
To ensure public safety and environmental protection, the following are not allowed:
- Removal of plants and animals, or archeological or historical/cultural resources
- Trapping devices
- Off-road vehicles
To access the north tract, take SR 207, east of Hastings, and turn north on CR 13. Go approximately 3 miles. Parking is on the west side of the road. To access the west tract, take SR 207 to Morrison road. Travel Morrison Road for a half mile, taking a left onto George Miller Road. Stay on George Miller Road for approximately .7 mile. The entrance is on the right. To access the Edgefield tract, take SR 207 to East Palatka. Turn west on SR 207A. Travel less than one mile. The parking area is on the south side of the road. For boating and paddling opportunities, access can be gained from the SR 207 bridge over Deep Creek, just west of the SR 206 intersection. The creek can also be accessed from the St. Johns River.
For more information:
Call the district’s Bureau of Land Resources at 386-329-4404.