The area designated as the southwest region includes portions of Taylor, Lafayette, DiYesie 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.
|Tract||ATVs||Biking||Fishing||Hiking||Horseback Riding||Hunting||Picnicing||Swimming||Wildlife Viewing|
|1. Mallory Swamp||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||None||None||Yes|
|2. R.O. Ranch||None||None||None||Yes||Yes||None||Yes||None||Yes|
|3. Steinhatchee Springs||None||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||None||None||Yes|
|4. Steinhatchee Falls||None||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||None||Yes||None||Yes|
|4. Steinhatchee Rise||None||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||None||None||Yes|
The Gar Pond Tract is closed Mondays through Fridays for land management activities. Read On...
Individual and small group day use of District lands will continue. However, groups larger than 10 people are prohibited on all District lands as of March 18, 2020. Goose Pasture individual camp and group camp sites are closed as of March 23, 2020. Read On...
District lands in Lake City on Country Club Road are closed to public access. Read On...