Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve


The 2,856-acre 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.

Recreational activities
  1. Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, wildlife viewing and camping.

The parking area is about 2.3 miles south of the intersection of SR 20 and CR 325. The entrance for camping is 1.4 miles south of the intersection of SR 20 and CR 325.