Southwest Region

Southwest Recreation

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.

TractATVsBikingFishingHikingHorseback RidingHuntingPicnicingSwimmingWildlife Viewing
1. Mallory SwampYesYesYesYesYesYesNoneNoneYes
2. R.O. RanchNoneNoneNoneYesYesNoneYesNoneYes
3. Steinhatchee SpringsNoneYesYesYesYesYesNoneNoneYes
4. Steinhatchee FallsNoneYesYesYesYesNoneYesNoneYes
4. Steinhatchee RiseNoneYesYesYesYesYesNoneNoneYes


  1. Gar Pond Tract Closed Mondays - Fridays

    The Gar Pond Tract is closed Mondays through Fridays for land management activities. Read On...
  2. District Tract Access Temporarily Limited to Public Due to COVID-19

    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...
  3. Closure of District Lands in Lake City on Country Club Road.

    District lands in Lake City on Country Club Road are closed to public access. Read On...