A message from Park Manager Robert Steele
Summer has arrived at San Felasco Hammock! Summer is a great time to see many different blooming wildflowers and to take a hike, mountain bike or horse ride on one of our many trails.
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Unmatched for its quality of cross-country biking in the state of Florida, San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park offers almost 20 miles of single-track trails. Access these wonderful trails from the bike trailhead located at 13201 Progress Blvd., off of U.S. 441, south of Alachua. Trails are available for all biking levels, be sure to pick up a map showing their locations.
Please extend to others the same courtesy you would wish to be given by refraining from using the trails other than for their intended use; mountain bikers should not use the horse trails. When meeting at trail intersections, bike riders should yield to horse riders.
The Cotton Tail Trail gently winds around the perimeter of the north entrance. This is a 1-mile beginner's level trail.
The Cellon Creek Trail traverses both sides of Cellon Creek as it winds through rolling terrain and across small jog jumps. This is a 4-mile intermediate level trail.
The Tung Nut Loop Trail connects to the back of the Cellon Creek Trail and offers strenuous hill climbing, steep switchbacks, log bridges, and breathtaking views of the north rim of Sanchez Prairie. This is an 8-mile advanced level trail.
The Hammock Hub can be accessed from the Tung Nut Loop. This is a 2-mile loop with challenging climbs and large log bridges.
Access the Sweet Gum Loop from the Hammock Hub. This is a short 1.6-mile moderate level trail. The following trails can be accessed from Sweet Gum Loop. All of these trails are for the more advanced level rider and feature short, steep drops, strong climbs, and many log crossings.
Ravine Creek Trail - 1.3 miles
Cane Break Trail - 1 mile
Live Oak Loop - .6 mile
Due to the remote nature of the trails beyond the Cellon Creek Trail, you should consider bringing basic bike tools such as a pump, replacement inner tube, and multi-tool kit. The mountain bike and equestrian trails are separate trails and meet only at well-cleared intersections. For safety concerns, we ask that bikers not use the equestrian trails. Hikers are welcomed to use both trials. Pets, except for horses, are not allowed. No rental bikes are available at the park.
The San Felasco hiking trailhead, located on CR 232 (11101 Millhopper Road, Gainesville), offers 3 trails for nature viewing and hiking. The distances of these trails are 0.9 mile, 4.8 mile, and 5.6 mile. Color markers are used to distinguish each trail. Dogs on a hand-held 6-foot leash are welcome. No bicycles or horses are allowed on these trails.
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park offers the equestrian the opportunity to ride through a variety of outstanding natural areas.
The 3.6-mile Cellon Creek Trail winds through shady woods and along the Cellon Creek. Enjoy the open fields and pinewoods by riding the 4.4-mile Turkey Creek Loop Trail. The 1.4 Sanchez Trail follows the flow of the Turkey Creek and the .5 mile Sidewinder Trail winds around wet-weather ponds and along slopes. Both of these trails interconnect to the Turkey Creek Loop Trail.
To access the following trails, ride approximately 2 miles of the Turkey Creek Loop Trail and cross Turkey Creek. The 2.2 mile Piney Woods Trail traverses through some of the pinelands in the park. The Hidden Pond Trail is a 1.1 mile trail that goes by Hidden Pond, a seasonal pond, before rejoining Piney Woods Trail. The Cypress Knee Trail is a 2.1 mile trail that skirts a small wetland where cypress knees may be seen.
Access these wonderful trails from the equestrian trailhead located at 13201 Progress Blvd., off of U.S. 441, south of Alachua.
Horse drawn carriages are welcome on both the Cellon and Turkey Creek trails. The two single-track trails (Sanchez and Sidewinder) are not wide enough to accommodate carriages. Please call at least one day in advance to obtain entrance to the carriage gate. On Monday through Friday call 386-462-7905. If calling on Saturday or Sunday, 352-955-2008.
The mountain bike and equestrian trails are separate trails and meet only at well-cleared intersections. Pets, except for horses, are not allowed. Horses are not available for rent at the park. All horse riders are required to have proof of negative Coggins on their person or in their saddlebag. An additional eight-mile equestrian trail is currently under development. Check back for updates on its progress and anticipated opening.
Please extend to others the same courtesy you would wish to be given by refraining from using the trails other than for their intended use; horse riders should not use bike trails. When meeting at trail intersections, bike riders should yield to horse riders.
Dogs on a hand-held 6-foot leash are welcome on the San Felasco hiking trailhead, located on CR 232 (Millhopper Road). Pets, except for horses, are not allowed on the Biking Trails or Equestrian Trails.