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Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve


2,856 acres.


Two miles south of State Road (SR) 20 and five miles north of Cross Creek in Alachua County, bordering County Road (CR) 325 on the east. It is southeast of Gainesville and southwest of Hawthorne.


The area is a diverse area of intact natural communities within the Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area. The uplands are comprised mainly of wet and mesic flatwoods and sandhill, portions of which were significantly affected by prior southern pine beetle salvage harvests, and these areas are in various stages of restoration. Several small wetlands drain to the southwest into a larger basin swamp. This swamp drains to the River Styx, which in turn drains to Orange Lake. The district and Alachua County purchased the property to aid protection of the Orange Creek and Ocklawaha River basins and to further the goals of the Alachua Forever program.

Wildlife viewing:

Please respect Florida’s wildlife and use caution while visiting district lands. These are wild animals. For your safety, do not approach or feed any wild animal. The natural community diversity at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve provides habitat for a wide variety of plant and animal species. The site supports gopher tortoise, white-tailed deer, turkey, bobcat and a diverse bird population.

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Horseback Riding Biking Group Camping
Recreational activities:
  1. Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, wildlife viewing and camping. more info
Restrictions: more info
  1. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the property.
  2. Camping requires a permit from the district.

The parking area is about 2.3 miles south of the intersection of SR 20 and CR 325. Entrance for camping is about three-quarters of a mile farther south.

For more information:

Call the district’s Bureau of Land Resources at 386-329-4404.


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