Deep Creek Conservation Area

Description

The conservation 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.

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. 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.

Recreational activities
  1. Hiking, biking, photography and wildlife viewing.
  2. Fishing, boating and paddling opportunities are available on Deep Creek; however, there are no launches located on the property.
Access

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. 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.