Recreation guide to District lands
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Jennings State Forest
25,301 acres. The District owns 9,189 acres and co-owns another 3,372 acres with the state.
About 16 miles southwest of Jacksonville and 10 miles west of Orange Park. The closest town is Middleburg in Clay County.
The state forest protects the headwaters of Black Creek and its tributaries, including the North Fork of Black Creek and Yellow Water Creek. It also protects sandhills with healthy populations of wire grass and longleaf pine. The west side of Yellow Water Creek is one of the few places in northeast Florida where natural seepage slope communities remain in good ecological health.
Species found here include green tree frog, pine warbler, bobwhite quail, red-shouldered hawk, eastern cottontail rabbit, gray fox and white-tailed deer. Red-cockaded woodpecker colonies are located on adjacent Camp Blanding. Species listed as endangered or threatened that can be found here include Bartram’s ixia and Black Creek crayfish.
- Fishing, canoeing, wildlife viewing, primitive camping by permit, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and seasonal hunting (please check hunt dates and hunt season restrictions). View hunting information.
- There are four canoe launch areas on-site. Canoes must be carried over rough terrain, and four-wheel drive is required to reach launch areas 1 and 2. more info
Restrictions: more info
To ensure public safety and environmental protection, the following are not allowed:
- Removal of plants, animals or archeological or historical/cultural resources
- Trapping devices
- Off-road vehicles
- Rope swings along the creek banks
From Lawtey, head north on U.S. 301 and turn east onto County Road (CR) 218. From Middleburg, travel on State Road (SR) 21 and head west on CR 218 west. Six different entrances have signs posted. Canoe launch areas are reached from Nolan Road and Hattie Nolan Road.
For more information:
The Florida Forest Service is the lead manager of this state forest. Call the Forest Service at (904) 291-5530.