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Access to District Lands
Accessible Opportunities
All of the District's  featured-use properties offer accessible facilities for picnicking and restrooms.

Suwannee River Wilderness Trail river camps located on District lands offer accessible facilities and the trail from White Springs to Suwannee Springs offers accessible ramps from an established river level.

Contact the District at 386.362.1001 for more information.

Special Use Authorizations
To protect the environment and reduce management costs, it is necessary to restrict vehicles on District lands. If entrance to a tract is restricted by the placement of a gate or cable, you may request a Special Use Authorization (SUA). 

Special Use Authorizations grant additional vehicle access or permission to use District lands for certain activities. SUAs are free and available from the District.

A District land manager will gladly assist you in determining if your request is for an approved use.

Activities RequiringSUAs

You must obtain an SUA for the following activities:

Camping: Primitive camping is available to canoeists and boaters by river access and to organized groups through the issuance of SUAs. 

The District's Goose Pasture tract provides opportunities for tent and RV camping. SUAs are self-issued from a kiosk at the entrance to the camping area. Two group camp areas are available for reservation by contacting the District's Land Management Specialist at 386.362.1001 or by Email.

Camping off the Florida Trail on District lands does not require an SUA at this time.

Campers should contact the District for more information about restrictions, access, or special conditions. 

Horse-drawn carriages: Carriages and wagons may be taken on the administrative and seasonal roads on some District tracts; the only marked trail is at Mattair Spring.

Group day use:
Areas for group activities are available on some tracts.
Please note: These areas do not have water, electricity, restrooms, or other improvements.

ATV use: There are 38 miles of ATV trails in Mallory Swamp. The trail head is located on Sandy Road and the trail is marked with a 5x5-inch brown sign displaying an ATV icon. The trail is open during non-hunting times from late April to late September.

All persons operating an ATV are required to have a daily SUA in their possession while riding. The SUA is obtained from the information kiosk at the ATV trail parking area.

See the conditions of use and safety guidelines (PDF, 14.6KB).

ATV use is prohibited on other District lands.

Geocaching: Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for global positioning satellite (GPS) device users. Hunting for a cache is a good way for participants to take advantage of the wonderful features of natural areas.

Although Geocache websites routinely promote good stewardship the potential still exists for resource damage, user conflicts, or safety issues caused by inappropriately placed caches and/or links that do not provide adequate information about the area.

Before placing a cache on District lands, please contact the District's Land Management Specialist with the exact cache location.

Additional Information
For questions regarding the accessibility of specific facilities or lands or for more information about Special Use Authorizations, please contact the District's Land Management Specialist at 386.362.1001, 800.226.1066 (FL only), or by Email.


May 22, 2015: The Devil's Hammock tract in Levy County will be closed until further notice due to an active wildfire in the area. For the safety of recreational users, public access will be closed.