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Moses Creek Conservation Area


2,173 acres.


In southeast St. Johns County on the Matanzas River, fronting the north side of State Road (SR) 206.


The Moses Creek Conservation Area preserves one of the few remaining undeveloped tidal creeks in the region. The tidal marshes served as an important resource to Native Americans who occupied the area thousands of years ago. Moses Creek is a tributary to the Matanzas River. The district purchased this land, which surrounds Moses Creek, to protect important water resources and ecological functions and to protect wildlife habitat. Seven natural communities — scrub, upland mixed forest, freshwater tidal swamp, mesic flatwood, depression marsh, dome swamp and estuarine tidal marsh — can be found on the land. The diverse vegetative communities provide habitat for a variety of wildlife. Canopied dirt roads serve as trails beneath grand old live oaks, through scrub, to sandy bluffs overlooking Moses Creek.

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 conservation area is home to wading birds, including great blue heron and egrets, and osprey, hawks, gopher tortoise, deer, otter and fox.

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Fishing Horseback Riding Biking Camping Canoeing Boating
Recreational activities:
  1. The area is available for hiking, wildlife viewing, primitive camping in designated areas, picnicking, nature study, bicycling, horseback riding and fishing. more info
  2. Boating and canoeing opportunities are available on Moses Creek and the Matanzas River, and the property is accessible by water; however, there are no launches located on the property.
  3. Environmental education programs are conducted on the property.
Restrictions: more info
  1. Motorized vehicles are not permitted.

Take U.S. 1 south from St. Augustine to Dupont Center. Head east about one mile on SR 206. Two entrances with parking areas are on the north side of SR 206; the western parking area is equipped for horseback riders.

For more information:

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


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