What to do in San Felasco Hammock State Preserve

San Felasco Hammock State Preserve is a 6,900-acre undeveloped site offering fine examples of climax mesic hammock, sandhill habitat, and hydric hammock. Upland pines, sinkholes, a prairie and several creeks are the perfect environment for vast numbers of wildlife and rare plant life.

Over 10 miles of equestrian trail are found within minutes of the suburban Gainesville area. A short hiking trail and several picnic tables also attract visitors, may of which are nearby residents taking advantage of the 6,900 acres of beautiful old-growth hardwood hammocks. Towering overhead are oaks, southern magnolias, and sweetgum. The forest floor is dusted with violets, bedstraw and more.

The park flanks Route 232. To the south a small picnic site, restroom and short nature trail await visitors. To the north of the road, 10 miles of path invite hikers and equestrians to explore the undeveloped hardwood forest.

Recreation
San Felasco Hammock State Preserve offers horseback riding and hiking trails. A small picnic grove is offered as well as a restroom. Rangers will lead guided walks upon request.

Location
San Felasco Hammock State Preserve is located approximately 6.5 miles northwest of Gainesville off Route 232.

Climate
Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The area offers a great warm escape for outdoor recreation during the cold northern months. Summer temperatures average in the low 80's Fahrenheit and mid 20's Celsius. Winters are mild with temperatures averaging between the high 40's to the high 50's Fahrenheit. The average precipitation for the north central area is diverse. The central western area receives more than 60 inches per year while the central eastern tract receives about 50 inches. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Address
c/o Devil's Millhopper State Geological Site
4732 Millhopper Road
Gainesville, FL 32653

Phone: 386-955-2008


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