San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
An entry feature at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
Comprised of about 6,900 acres of one of the last remaining mature forests in Florida, San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is well-known for its abundance of wildlife (white-tailed deer, bobcat, wild turkey, gray fox, songbirds, migratory birds and more) and its karst topography: hills, valleys and limestone outcrops everywhere with multitudes of sinkholes, potholes and seeps from the rising of underground water sources to the surface.
The southern two-thirds of the park have been designated for foot traiffic only. The northern section has trails for hiking, horses and off-road cycling. The main hiking-only trailhead is located on State Road 232 about four miles northwest of Gainesville. The main horseback and bicyce trailheads are located just south of Alachua off US Highway 441.
The northern part of San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park has more than 20 miles of highly-rated cross-country biking trails for all levels of proficiency. The bike trails and equestrian trails are separate systems and cross only at well-cleared intersections (for safety reasons). A couple of the equestrian trails are wide enough to allow carriages but some are not. If you'd like to bring a carriage to the property, you need to call a day ahead to get access to the carriage entrance. All biking and horseback riding trails are open to hikers.
The southern part of the park has three primary hiking trails: 0.9 mile, 4.8 mile and 5.6 miles long. Each trail is marked with its own colored markers so they can't be confused.
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is open for day use only from 8 am until sunset every day of the year. Equestrians must present proof of a negative Coggins test before bringing their horses onto the property.
Typical sight on a well-watered karst topography
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park area map