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Southwest Region
Southwest Recreation

The area designated as the southwest region includes portions of Taylor, Lafayette, Dixie 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 Name ATV Icon Biking Icon Fishing Icon Hiking Icon Horseback Riding Icon Hunting Icon Picnicking Icon Swimming Icon Wildlife Viewing Icon
1 Mallory Swamp X X X X X X     X
2 R.O. Ranch       X X   X   X
3 Steinhatchee Springs   X X X X X     X
4 Steinhatchee Falls   X X X X   X   X
  Steinhatchee Rise   X X X X X     X
IMPORTANT NOTICES:
Prescribed Fire Notices:

Prescribed fire Operations will be conducted on the following tract(s) on 12/15/2017:

1) The Bay Creek tract in Columbia County. Prescribed fire activities will be conducted on the northern end of the tract.

For the safety of recreational users, public access to burn areas will be closed during burning operations. Contact Scott Gregor, Natural Resource Specialist, at 386.362.8130 for additional information.