Media Release

Levy Prairie Opening Ceremony

Thursday, January 24, 2013 3:15 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - Alachua County is celebrating the acquisition and public opening of the Levy Prairie portion of the Barr Hammock Preserve on February 2, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., at the North Trailhead (at SE 11th Drive, off Wacahoota Road).  After February 2, the Preserve will be open for hiking and biking on 6½ miles of established paths with incredible views of over 1,000 acres of marsh and wet prairie.

The celebration will introduce visitors to the Preserve through a ceremonial ribbon cutting, a brief introductory talk, and guided nature walks.

Barr Hammock Preserve was acquired through the Alachua County Forever Program; the voter-approved initiative to acquire, improve and manage environmentally sensitive lands to protect water resources, wildlife habitat and natural areas suitable for resource based recreation.  The referendum was passed in November 2000. It was funded again by the voters in 2008 with the Wild Spaces and Public Places Referendum.

Barr Hammock Levy Prairie was acquired in 2009 with funding from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Florida Communities Trust, and a generous donation from the Whitehurst Family.

Directions:         North or south on US441 to Wacahoota Road

                        West on Wacahoota Road over I-75 (no exit to or from I-75)

                        First left after overpass on SE 11 Drive

                        South on SE 11 Drive to preserve trailhead/parking

                        Overflow parking available along SE 11 Drive

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For more information, contact the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department’s Land Conservation Program at 352-264-6848 or


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).