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Description - San Felasco Hammock State Preserve is a 6,900-acre undeveloped site offering fine examples of climax mesic hammock, sandhill habitat, and hydric hammock. Upland pines, sinkholes, a prairie and several creeks are the perfect environment for vast numbers of wildlife and rare plant life.

Attractions - Over 10 miles of equestrian trail are found within minutes of the suburban Gainesville area. A short hiking trail and several picnic tables also attract visitors, may of which are nearby residents taking advantage of the 6,900 acres of beautiful old-growth hardwood hammocks. Towering overhead are oaks, southern magnolias, and sweetgum. The forest floor is dusted with violets, bedstraw and more.

The park flanks Route 232. To the south a small picnic site, restroom and short nature trail await visitors. To the north of the road, 10 miles of path invite hikers and equestrians to explore the undeveloped hardwood forest.

Recreation - San Felasco Hammock State Preserve offers horseback riding and hiking trails. A small picnic grove is offered as well as a restroom. Rangers will lead guided walks upon request.

Climate - Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The area offers a great warm escape for outdoor recreation during the cold northern months. Summer temperatures average in the low 80's Fahrenheit and mid 20's Celsius. Winters are mild with temperatures averaging between the high 40's to the high 50's Fahrenheit. The average precipitation for the north central area is diverse. The central western area receives more than 60 inches per year while the central eastern tract receives about 50 inches. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Location - San Felasco Hammock State Preserve is located approximately 6.5 miles northwest of Gainesville off Route 232.


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Filed By: Roger Sunderland (Gainesville, Florida)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A great place to Mountain Bike or Run. I use this trail to train for my triathlons. Great elevation change. Come to my website and get a map. 129 plus trails to view...

Filed By: Jim (Gainesville, fl)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Toughest part was trying to find a map that shows all the acces to the area. And having to leave.Yhe trails are WONDERFUL,bounde by highway so that you can't get lost. Get off the main trail and experience many different Fla eco- communities and go way back in time. Nov - March is good,no bugs,but no flowers-- Otherwise see the flowers and feed the Fla state bird(mosquito)


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Contact Information:
San Felasco Hammock State Preserve, c/o Devil's Millhopper State Geological Site, 4732 Millhopper Road , Gainesville, FL, 32653, Phone: 386-955-2008

Additional Information:
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.
North Central Florida - North Central Florida is the site of the state's capitol and an underground cave system that is known worldwide among cave divers.

Links:
Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website.

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