The area designated as the southwest region includes portions of Taylor, Lafayette, Dixie counties as they are encompassed by the Fenholloway and Suwannee rivers. The Steinhatchee River that begins in the wilds of Mallory Swamp and Steinhatchee Springs and winds leisurely through a flat woods ecosystem to the Gulf of Mexico.
Within the three tracts owned and managed by the District, the region offers opportunities to bike, fish, hike, horseback ride, hunt, and view wildlife. Excellent paddling opportunities are available at the numerous river access points.
The southwest is a remote and wilderness-like area. Here, access to District lands is limited due to the lack of roads and the swampy area.
District lands are numbered and circled in blue on the map above. Select one of these numbers or their corresponding links in the table below for a description and map of each tract.
IMPORTANT NOTICES:October 8, 2016 – All District lands in the following counties are open: Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, and Levy. It includes Santa Fe Swamp WEA, Devil's Hammock WMA. The trails at Bell Springs, Gar Pond and Little Shoals tract. For information contact Edwin McCook 386-647-3106 or email@example.com.June 23, 2016 - Signs are posted closing portions of the Mill Creek South tract to the public due to timber harvesting operations. The tract will be closed until further notice. For information contact Bob Heeke 386-647-3166 or firstname.lastname@example.org. January 21, 2016 - Road 55-4 in the Steinhatchee Springs tract located on the west side of SR 51 has been closed to vehicles due to extreme wet conditions.