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Woods Ferry, Jerry Branch


  • Woods Ferry – 1,094 acres
  • Jerry Branch - 519 acres


Location and Access

The Woods Ferry tract is located in northeastern Suwannee County and the Jerry Branch is in southeastern Hamilton County.


Access to the Woods Ferry tract from Live Oak:
Travel north on US 129, turn right on CR 136A, travel 4 miles east on CR 136A, turn left on 57th Drive; travel 1 mile north on 57th Drive. The entrance is straight ahead at the 90° right turn – enter the property on Woods Ferry Path.


Access to the Woods Ferry tract from White Springs:
Travel southwest on CR 136, turn right on CR 136A; travel 3 miles to 57th Drive and turn right. Access to the Jerry Branch tract from White Springs: Travel west on CR 25A, cross I-75, immediately turn left on SE 134th Avenue; travel .25 miles south and the first entrance is on the right; continue south and there are two entrances on the right.



The Woods Ferry tract contains mostly pine plantations with small, interspersed swamp lands and several creeks.


Jerry Branch tract natural communities are upland mixed forest, bottom land forest, mixed forest, and floodplain swamp.


Wildlife species include gopher tortoises, Suwannee cooters, gopher frogs, various species of herons, deer, turkey, and squirrel.


Some of the plant species to observe are hooded pitcher plant and cedar elm, a tree that is uncommon east of the Mississippi River basin.


Recreational Activities

The Woods Ferry tract features a canoe launch and the first river camp on the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail. The river camp provides 5 sleeping platforms, a picnic pavilion, restrooms with hot showers, and a tent camping area. For more information on the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, call:


The Jerry Branch tract is a primitive recreation site.


Allowable recreation opportunities include wildlife viewing, hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding on administrative roads.



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Woods Ferry, Jerry Branch Map


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April 25-26, 2015 - The District will be conducting a prescribed fire on the Santa Fe River Ranch tract in northwest Alachua County. For the safety of recreational users, public access to burn areas will be closed during burning operations. Contact Scott Gregor, Natural Resource Specialist at 386.362.8130 for additional information.

Road Closure
The L. A. Bennett (South Canal) Road in the Steinhatchee Springs tract in southern Lafayette County will be closed to all traffic on April 29, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The District will be repairing the bridge over the Steinhatchee River. For more information contact Edwin McCook, Land Management Specialist 386.647.3106 or by email