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Alafia River Corridor
Hillsborough County, Florida
Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation
(813) 672-7876

Amelia Island State Recreation Area
Jacksonville County, Florida
Florida State Parks
(904) 251-2320 - Seashore Stables: (904) 261-4878
Directions: Located 8 miles south of Fernandina Beach on S.R. A1A. Seahorse(Private Stables entrance at the south end of Amelia Island at the bridge. RV's and larger vehicles should park in the adjacent state parking lot and walk the very short distance to Seahorse facility.

Apalachicola National Forest
Leon, Wakula Florida
National Forest Service
Directions: Vinzant horse trail = Access from Highway 20 or Highway 267 West of Tallahassee.

Apalachicola River Water Management Area
Northwest Florida Water Management District
(850) 539) 5999

Avon Park Range
U.S. Air Force

Bayard Conservation Area
Clay County, Florida
St. Johns River Water Management District
(386)529-2380
Directions: U.S. 17 south to SR 16 in Clay County, southeast of Green Cove Springs and 12 miles south of Jacksonville. Two parking areas on the south side of SR 16, the western parking area iss recommended for horse trailers.

Big Shoals State Forest
(904) 208-1461
Directions: 7620 133rd Road, Live Oak, FL.

Black Creek Ravines Conservation Area
Clay County, Florida
St. Johns River Water Management District
(386)529-2380
Directions: Clay County, about one mile east of Middleburg, along south bank of Black Creek. US 17 north into Green Cove Springs. Turn left on SR 16 toward Penny Farms. In the center of Penny Farms near the old mansion, turn right or north on CR 218. Continue for about 8 miles. Entrance to Black Creek Ravines will be on the right. SR 21 is too far.

Blackwater Heritage State Trail
Florida State Parks
(850) 983-5363
Directions: U.S. 90 and FL 87 in Milton, FL

Blue Springs State Park
Volusia County, Florida
(386) 775-3663
Directions: Highway 17-92 to Orange City, look for signs, west to park entrance.

Buck Lake Conservation Area
Brevard County, Florida
St. Johns River Water Management District
(407) 893-3127
Directions: From I-95 west on SR 46 to entry - Two parking areas: .75 miles west of I-95 and 6.4 miles west of I-95.

Bull Creek
Osceola, Florida
St. Johns River Water Management District
(407) 676-6614 - also (253) 732-1225
Directions: From I-95 to Melbourne/192 exit (71?), turn west on US 192 for 21.6 miles to Crabgrass Road, left 6 mile south to park entrance.

Canaveral National Seashore
Volusia and Brevard Counties, Florida
(407) 267-1110 or (396) 428-3384
Directions: South: A1A (Titusville) to parking area #14, pull past the "stop" signs (dumpsters). North: Florida 402 (New Smyrna) to parking area #5. Look for entrance to boat ramp. Very small trailer parking area is a left turn from the boat launch area. Best to check out the north trailer parking ahead of time.

Caravelle Ranch
Putnam, Florida
SJRWM / Div.Land Management
(386)529-2380
Directions: SR 19, six miles south of Palatka or north from SR 40 about 20 minutes.

Cary State Forest
Nassau and Duval Counties, Florida
Florida Forestry Division
(904) 266-5021 - (904) 266-5020
Directions: If you are coming from Baldwin take US 301 north for 7 miles then turn right on the first dirt road after the Bryceville Fire Department location.

Chipola River Water Management Area
Northwest Florida Water Management District
850/539-5999
Directions: Access from Florida Caverns State Park

Chuluota Wilderness
Seminole County, Florida
Seminole County Natural Lands
(407) 321-1130 ext. 7345
Directions: Chuluota. (Call for directions)

Coldwater Recreation Area - Blackwater River State Forest
Santa Rosa County, Florida
Florida Division of Forestry
(850) 957-6161
Directions: From Milton, head north from Milton High School on State Road 191 to Hardy Road (look for the Coldwater Recreation Area sign). Turn left and travel another 5-1/2 miles to the facility. There's a convenience store just before the entrance to the faciltiy. From State Road 4, go 2 miles past the caution light at State Road 87 to the second paved road on the right. Turn there at the Coldwater Recreation Area sign and travel 4-1/2 miles to the facility. From Munson, head south on State Road 191 approximately 5-1/2 miles to the Hardy Road turn.

Crescent Lake Conservation Area
Flagler and Volusia Counties, Florida
St. John's River Water Management District
(904) 329-4500
Directions: From U.S. 17 and SR 305 in Seville go 2.3 miles norht to North Raulerson Road, then east 1.9 miles to the parking area. Haw Creek Preserve tract: Take CR 305 to CR 2006, then west on CR 2007 for two miles to Russell Landing

Devil's Hammock
Levy, Florida
Suwannee River Water Management District
(386) 362-1001 or FLA 1-800-226-1066.
Directions: At Wacassa River on US 24 (west from Gainesville).

Dexter Mary Farms Unit, Lake George WMA
Volusia, Florida
Div. of Forestry
(386)226-0250
Directions: Hwy 40, just off the St. John's River (Astor Bridge) which divides Lake and Volusia Counties. Turn south on St. John's River Road and follow for about 3-4 miles to the trail head/parking area.

Dunn's Creek
St. John's River Water Management District 1
(904) 529-4500
Directions: South of Palatka on U.S. 17, turn east on S.R. 100 approximately 3 miles to Tram Road, then about 1/2 mile on Tram Road to entrance.

Dupuis Preserve
Martin, Florida
South Florida Water Management District
Directions: I-95 to Route 76. West about 20 miles, watch for signs. Equestrian entrance is gate #3. OR, Turnpike to Palm Beach Gardens, exit west to 710, right 20 miles to Rt 76. Right on feeder road to 76 (blinker), left 6 miles to gate #3.

Econfina River State Park
Taylor County, Florida
Florida State Parks
(850) 925-6216 or (850) 922-6007
Directions: At the end of State Road 14, south of U.S. 98. Park is located on the Gulf of Mexico.

Eglin Air Force Base
U.S. Air Force
850/882-4164
Directions: Access between I-10 and Niceville on Highway 85

Elinore Klapp Phipps Park
Leon, Florida
City of Tallahassee and NW Fla Water Management District
(850) 891-3975
Directions: On Miller Landing Road.

Florida Caverns State Park
Jackson, Florida
Florida State Parks
850/482-9598
Directions: Look for sign in downtown Marianna (US 90). Park is 3 miles north of Marianna. Go north from US 90 on Lafayette Street which becomes SR 166.

Florida Greenway
Marion/Levy Counties, Florida
Florida Greenway and Trails
Directions: Pruitt Trailhead/Valhalla Trail: from Hwy 41 Dunnellon go West to Hwy 484, turn just before the airport at Pruitt Trailhead sign. From east go west on 484 1 mile past Dunnellon airport, turn left on dirt road with board fencing (mailbox #15410). Go about one mile and park by the large oak trees.

Fort Braden Riding and Hiking Trails
Leon, Florida
Florida Division of Forestry
Directions: Highway 20 West of Tallahassee

Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area
Indian River County, Florida
St. Johns River Water Management District
(407) 676-6614.
Directions: From I-95 exit at SR 60, west to "20 mile bend". Access is 10.9 miles west of CR 512 and 10 miles east of Yehaw Junction.

Gainesville-Hawtorne State Trail
Gainesville, Florida
Florida State Parks
(352) 955-2138
Directions: Three trail heads (parking): Boulware Springs Park (3500 SE 15th Street in Gainesville. 300 SW 2nd Avenue in Hawthorne, C.R. 208 at 7209 SE 200th Drive west of Hawthorne.

General James A. Van Fleet State Park
Polk City, Florida
Florida State Parks
(352) 394-2280
Directions: Located off I-4 on S.R. 33 and C.R. 655 in Polk City.

Goethe State Forest
Levy County, Florida
Florida Dept. of Forestry
(352) 447-2202
Directions: From Brooksville head north on 41 to Dunnellon. West on 40 to west on 336. Turn right on 337 and the Tidewater trail head to the Goethe is 1/4 mile on your right

Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park
Orange County, Florida
St. Johns River Water Management District
(407) 893-3127
Directions: From Orlando, east on SR 50 to SR 520, west into Wedgewood subdivision on Macon Parkway, left on Bancroft Blvd, right on Marideth Parkway, Left on Dallas Boulevard. Park entrance is 1.6 milse form the intersection of Dallas and Meredith. There is an exit for Dallas Boulevard from the eastbound BeeLine Expressway.

Heart Island Conservation Area
Volusia, Florida
SJRWM (386)329-4883
Directions: I-95 to Ormond Beach exit. West on SR 40. Primary entrance is 3 miles west of the SR 11 intersection, south side of 40, there is a sign. Left turn into parking area. Coming from the west, 3 miles east of Barberville SR 17 & SR 40, turn right, south side, into parking area. Secondary riding area can be accessed 1.7 miles north of SR 40 on SR 11, turn to the west. Or take truck trail 11 on the north side of SR 40 in the Lake George Forest area.

Jennings State Forest
Jacksonville - Duval County, Florida
(904) 291-5530

Johnathan Dickinson State Park
Florida State Parks
(561) 546-2771
Directions: Located 12 miles south of Stuart, FL on U.S. 1

Kissimmee Prairie State Preserve
Okeechobee County, Florida
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Div of Rec. and Parks
(941) 462-5360
Directions: SR 441 to CR 724 - 17 miles to entrance of the wilderness

Lake George Conservation Area
Putnam & Volusia Counties, Florida
SJRWM (386)329-4883
Directions: SR 17 in Seville, turn west on CR 305 (Lake George Road) this is a caution light. Come to first stop sign and turn right on Church St. about a half block the paved road veres left (Lake George Rd, again). Follow toward the left about 2.1 miles, a sign that says Lake George Water Management will be on the right. This is Truck Trail # 2. Do Not turn here but continue slowly, round a small curve, looking to the left there will be another sign. Turn left on this dirt road, there might be a horse marker at this entrance. Follow this road. It will open into a pasture and there will be a fenced area with pump water and primitive restroom.

Lake Jessup Conservation Area
Seminole County, Florida
St. Johns River Water Management District
(407) 897-4311
Directions: From SR 46 south along Cameron Avenue (Sanford) to end.

Lake Monroe Conservation Area (Beck Ranch)
Volusia County, Florida
St. Johns River Water Management District
(407) 893-3127
Directions: SR 415 north from Hwy 46 in Sanford,(about 3 miles), just to the east when crossing the Osteen Bridge. SR 415 south from Hwy 44 (halfway between DeLand and New Symrna Beach). Go south on 415 for 8-10 miles, begin slowing down when approaching Reed Ellis Road on the right as the entrance will be about 50 feet further on the left and is a sharp turn. (this is also called the Brickyard Slough tract) To access the western portion which is Kratzert Tract, turn on Reed Ellis Road and continue 1 mile to the parking area on the west side of the road.

Lake Norris Conservation Area
Lake County, Florida
St. Johns River Water Management District
(352) 343-3777 or (352) 821-2066
Directions: From SR 19 go east on SR 42 then south on SR 439. East on SR 44A, go 4.5 miles to Lake Norris Road, go north 2.5 miles to entrance on the west side of the road.

Lake Talquin State Forest
Leon and Gadsden Counties, Florida
Florida Division of Forestry
(850) 488-1871
Directions: Off Tower Drive

Little Big Econ State Forest
Seminole County, Florida
Fla. Div of Forestry and St. Johns River Water Management District
(407) 366-8063
Directions: From SR 426 go south on Snowhill road to entrance. Lake Harney tract does not indicate horseback use.

Lochloosa Wildlife Preserve
St. Johns River Water Management District
(850) 329-4404

Maclay Overstreet State Gardens
Leon County, Florida
Florida State Parks
(850) 487-4556
Directions: On U.S. 319 one mile north of I-10 in Tallahassee with signs on I-10.

Mattair Springs Tract
Suwannee, Florida
Suwannee River Water Management District
(904) 362-1001

Myakka River State Park
Florida Parks
(941) 361-6511.
Directions: The park is located 9 miles E of I-75 at 13207 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241

Oklawahaha Prairie Restoration Area
Marion County, Florida
St. Johns River Water Management District
(352) 288-2233
Directions: Best horse access is the north access located on Old River Road (137th Avenue). From SR 40 go south on CR 314A and south onn CR 464C. Also accessed from CR 464C south from Moss Bluff and at Chornoble Memorial Forest on CR 464C.

O'Leno State Park - River Rise
Oleno, Columbia & Alachua Counties, Florida
Florida State Parks
(904) 454-1853
Directions: On U.S. 441 six miles north of High Springs, FL.

Paynes Prairie State Preserver
Florida State Parks
(352) 466-3397
Directions: On U.S. 441, 10 miles south of Gainessville

Ralph E Simmons Memorial State Forest
Nassau County, Florida
St. Johns River Water Management District
(904) 845-3597, (904) 529-2380
Directions: From US 1/US 301 go east on Lake Hampton Road. Information kiosk is on Scotts Landing Road. Parking on Scotts Landing Road and Penny Haddock Road.

Rima Ridge Unit, Lake George WMA
Volusia County, Florida
Div. of Forestry
(386)226-0250
Directions: I-95, Ormond Beach exit on Hwy 40 west about 8 miles. Entrance on south side of hwy 40. Horse crossing signs on north side, entrance sign on south. Slow approach the last mile as limbs block view and turn is narrow. Good trail head parking area.

Rock Springs Run State Reserve
Lake, Florida
Florida D.E.P./Recreation and Parks
(407) 884-2009
Directions: West on State Road 46 from Sanford (I-4). After crossing Wekiva River bridge look for the entrance gate on the left (south).

San Felasco Hammock
Florida State Parks
(352) 462-7905
Directions: Four miles northwest of Gainesville on S.R. 232.

Savannas State Preserve
Florida State Parks
(561) 468-3985
Directions: Located off Walton Road on Scenic Park Drive in Port St. Lucie.

Seminole Ranch Conservation Area
Orange, Brevard, Volusia and Seminole Counties, Florida
St. Johns River Water Management District
(407) 893-3127

Spirit of Suwannee Music Park
Suwannee River County, Florida
Private owner
(904) 364-1683
Directions: On SR 129 off Interstate I-75 just south of I-10 or north of I-10 just West of I-75.

St. Marks Historic Railroad
Leon County Florida
Florida State Parks
(850) 922-6007
Directions: Main trail head and parking: S.R. 363 just south of Tallahassee (near the Flea Market)

St. Sebastian River State Buffer Preserve
Brevard and Indian River Counties, Florida
(407) 953-5004 or (407) 676-6614
Directions: From I-95 go east on Malabar Road (SR 514), south on Babcock Road (CR 507) for 11.5 miles, then east on Buffer Preserve Drive. South entrance is of ffellsmereRoad (CR 512) 1.8 miles east of I-95.

Sunny Hill Restoration Area
Marion County, Florida
St. Johns River Water Management District
(904) 329-4404 or (352) 821-2066
Directions: From SR 42 go north on SE 182nd Avenue Road to two parking areas on the west side of the Road.

Tiger Bay State Forest
Volusia County, Florida
Div. of Forestry
(386)226-0250
Directions: I-95, Daytona exit west on Int'l Speedway Blvd (US 92). Approximately 7 miles west. Equestrian entrance on north side of 92, at the offices and fishing pond. Approximately 11.7 miles east of DeLand intersection 17-92.

Tree Tops Park
Broward County, Florida
954 370-3750

Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management Area
Osceola County, Florida
St.Johns River Water Managment District
(352) 732-1225 or (407) 676-6614
Directions: I-95 to US 192. Entrance is 30 miles west of Melbourne and 3.5 miles east of Holopaw.

Twin Rivers State Forest
Madison, Hamilton, Suwannee Counties, Florida
Florida Division of Forestry
(904) 208-1460
Directions: On Hwy. U.S. 90 approximately two miles west of Live Oak.

Two Mile Prairie - Bear Head Hammock
Citrus county, Florida
Florida Forestry
352 754 6896
Directions: Go north on Hwy 41 thorugh Inverness, Hernando and Holder, then right on Hgy 491 for one mile. From Ocala, take Hwy 200 west to Hwy 491, go 2.4 miles to trailhead on the right.

Welaka State Forest
Putnam County, Florida
Florida Division of Forestry
(386)467-2388
Directions: From Palatka south on S.R.17 into Satsuma. Turn west on to C.R. 309 thru Welaka heading toward Fruitland. Look for DOF signs, dorms, equipment on left. Turn left at paved entrance and continue to gate, follow gravel road up/over the hill to the stables. If traveling north on 17, go to Crescent City, turn left (west) on CR 308. (Bank on the east/store on the left). There is signage. Follow 308 to the T-intersection, turn right on 309; go about 4 miles to Division of Forestry, paved entrance, turn right. (Go beyond the first fish hatchery & forestry signs, slow down the last mile as to not overshoot the driveway from this direction)

Withlacoochee State Forest - Citrus Tract - Tillis Hills
Florida Dept. of Forestry
(352) 754-6896
Reservatins: (352) 344-4238

Withlacoochee State Trail
Florida State Parks
(352) 394-2280
Directions: Located on Croom Rital Road, off S.R. 50, one mile east of Interstate 75 in Ridge Manor.

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