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Located along the southern boundary of the Cross Florida Greenway along the east side of State Road 200 and adjacent to the entrance to Ross Prairie State Forest is the Ross Prairie Trailhead and Campground. This area is ecologically unique due to the adjacent placement of the high, dry sandhill community (where the trailhead and campground are located) and the ephemeral wetland, Ross Prairie (located just north of the public use facilities).
Having the sandhill and wetland prairie systems adjacent to each other helps to provide habitat to a wide range of species. The habitat changes with the seasons and water volume of the prairie; when wet, dozens of waterfowl, wading birds and more wildlife can be spotted.
The day-use trailhead facilities include an equestrian staging area, bike and hike trailheads for the natural surface mountain bike and Florida Trail hiking trails. There are restrooms with potable water and a picnic pavilion as well. The Ross Prairie Campground has 14 public-use campsites with water and 30/50 amp hookups available. An on-site campground host is available 365 days a year. Reservations can be made via the Reserve America website or by calling.
The trails in this area meander through beautiful oak hammocks and islands interspersed around the edge of Ross Prairie. Wildlife in this area are abundant with whitetail deer, wild turkey, bobcat, alligators in the prairie, gopher tortoises in the sandhills and numerous other species to observe. This part of the Greenway is also conveniently located within 2 miles of major shopping and dining opportunities just north of the County Road 484 and State Road 200 intersection.
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The main office is open Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm, excluding all major holidays.
The trails are open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.
There are no fees for any parks/trails in the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway.