Southwest Region

Southwest Recreation

The area designated as the southwest region includes portions of Taylor, Lafayette, DiYesie counties as they are encompassed by the Fenholloway and Suwannee rivers. The Steinhatchee River that begins in the wilds of Mallory Swamp and Steinhatchee Springs and winds leisurely through a flat woods ecosystem to the Gulf of Mexico.

Within the three tracts owned and managed by the District, the region offers opportunities to bike, fish, hike, horseback ride, hunt, and view wildlife. Excellent paddling opportunities are available at the numerous river access points.

The southwest is a remote and wilderness-like area. Here, access to District lands is limited due to the lack of roads and the swampy area.

District lands are numbered and circled in blue on the map above. Select one of these numbers or their corresponding links in the table below for a description and map of each tract.

TractATVsBikingFishingHikingHorseback RidingHuntingPicnicingSwimmingWildlife Viewing
1. Mallory SwampYesYesYesYesYesYesNoneNoneYes
2. R.O. RanchNoneNoneNoneYesYesNoneYesNoneYes
3. Steinhatchee SpringsNoneYesYesYesYesYesNoneNoneYes
4. Steinhatchee FallsNoneYesYesYesYesNoneYesNoneYes
4. Steinhatchee RiseNoneYesYesYesYesYesNoneNoneYes


  1. Tract Closures

    District managed lands in Jefferson, Taylor, Madison, Lafayette and Dixie Counties will close at sunset Friday, October 18, 2019 to 12:00 a.m. Sunday, October 20, 2019 due to the impending landfall of Tropical Storm Nestor. Read On...
  2. Mallory Swamp ATV Trail

    The Mallory Swamp ATV Trail closed on September 9, 2019 and will reopen after spring turkey season on May 2, 2020. Read On...
  3. Withlacoochee Tract Closure - Pot Springs

    The Withlacoochee tract on Twin Rivers State Forest in western Hamilton County will be closed to vehicles through the end of summer. The Suwannee River Water Management District will be doing construction and restoration work at Pot Springs. Read On...