Rice Creek Conservation Area

Description

Rice Creek Swamp covers approximately 70 percent of the 5,061-acre property. Together with Palmetto Branch, Oldtown Branch and Hickory Branch — which are all just west of the conservation area — the swamp forms the headwaters of Rice Creek, a large tributary of the St. Johns River. The area was an indigo and rice plantation during the 18th century, and most of the uplands were managed as commercial pine plantations before district ownership. The site has a variety of natural communities, including floodplain swamp, flatwoods, dome swamp, floodplain forest and upland mixed forest. The area is also a key parcel for connecting Etoniah State Forest to the Cross Florida Greenway.

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 area serves as a wildlife corridor, connecting several large natural areas. Natural community diversity supports Florida black bear, white-tailed deer, turkey, river otter, wood duck and diverse migratory songbirds.

Recreational activities
  1. Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and primitive camping.
  2. The property includes part of the Florida National Scenic Trail.
Access

Trailhead parking is on the property’s north end, along SR 100. Entry to the southern end is only possible by foot on the Florida Trail.