Preserves

Alachua County Preserves

reserves are purchased to protect, preserve and enhance the unique natural and cultural resources found on the properties and to provide an enjoyable and educational passive recreational experience.  Some preserves own a variety of upland and wetland habitats which provide wildlife habitat and support aquifer recharge.  Some preserves are part of local and statewide efforts to protect and maintain significant wildlife corridors and protect areas of diverse habitats and relatively mature and diverse undisturbed forest within an area of Alachua County that is rapidly urbanizing. To learn more about Alachua County preserves, view our preserves page


Preserves Managed by our Partners

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Cofrin Nature Park

In the heart of urbanized west Gainesville, Cofrin Nature Park features a beautiful half-mile long, pet-friendly hiking trail, pla​yground and covered picnic area. Once a horse farm, much of this park is returning to forest through natural succession. Large hardwood trees are found in the forest along picturesque Beville Heights Creek, and seepage wetlands on the slopes above the creek support lush growths of ferns and wildflowers. In 2013, the Friends of the Crisis Center established the Survivors of Suicide Memory Garden — “a place of comfort, meditation and healing for those who have lost a loved one through suicide.” To learn more visit: Cofrin Nature Park

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Little Orange Creek Preserve & Nature Park

Little Orange Creek Preserve & Nature Park now covers nearly 2,900 acres of the upper Little Orange Creek watershed, and protects a patchwork of diverse wetlands that feed into and form Fowlers Prairie, including the pinelands and hammock that surround it. Large parts of Little Orange Creek Preserve are basin swamp with a mix of cypress, tupelo, and red maple. The uplands were historically a mix of sandhill and flatwoods that were steadily converted to planted pine many years ago.  To learn more visi:t Little Orange Creek Preserve

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

The Longleaf Forest Reserve is a diverse area of intact natural communities. The uplands are comprised mainly of wet and mesic flatwoods and sandhill. Several small wetlands drain to the southwest into a larger basin swamp, which drains to the River Styx, then drains to Orange Lake. One of the special highlights of this property is the variety of upland and wetland ecosystems that can be viewed from the trail systems. Pitcher plant wetlands and longleaf wiregrass savannas can be seen within a short hike. The natural community diversity at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve provides habitat for a wide variety of plant and animal species. You might see gopher tortoise, white-tailed deer, turkey, bobcat and a diverse bird population.To learn more visit: Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Newnans Lake Conservation Area

One of the special highlights of this property is the numerous meandering creeks that flow through the property. Some of the pines on the Hatchet Creek Tract are nearly 120 feet tall. The Newnans Lake area is a popular wildlife viewing area. Common wildlife sightings include white-tailed deer, fox, otter and a variety of snakes. There are several bald eagle nests not far off the trails of the North Tract. Common bird sightings include bald eagles, osprey, wild turkeys and several varieties of warblers, wading birds and shore birds.​To learn more visit: Newnans Lake Conservation Area

Santa Fe River Preserve

Santa Fe River Preserve protects 934 acres on the banks of the Santa Fe River near Worthington Springs. The preserve includes high bluffs along the river and an interesting tangle of floodplain forest where the New River converges with the Santa Fe. The preserve has an interesting mix of flora which in turn support a wide diversity of wildlife. There are wild azaleas and rain lilies on the banks; large birch trees, cypresses, and gums in the bottomlands; and a ridge of live oaks and pines in the uplands with lots of sparkleberry and wire grass in the understory. Bears frequent the river corridor, and there is a rare and endangered mussel in this watershed. To learn more visit: Santa Fe River Preserve

Serenola Forest Preserve

Serenola Forest is home to threatened plant and wildlife species and connects the woodland hammock to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Thus offering larger wildlife much needed room to roam and protection. Saving Serenola Forest not only benefits natural space, but also people who love to hike, bike, view wildlife, and gather together with the people they care about. To learn more visit: Serenola Forest Preserve​

Contact us

Land Conservation 408 West University Ave., Suite 106 Gainesville, FL 32601​
Phone: 352-264-6868 Fax: 352-264-6852 Email: 
landconservation@alachuacounty.us​

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