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Ruth Springs, Branford Bend
Ruth Springs, Branford Bend

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Recreation

Visitors may enjoy biking, hiking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing on administrative roads, in addition to fishing and small game hunting at the Ruth Springs tract, which is part of the Troy Springs Wildlife Management Area. Visitors may also enjoy swimming at Lafayette County's Ruth Springs Park, located within the tract.

For more information on hunting, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at:

The Ruth Springs tract has a canoe launch.

The Branford Bend tract is a primitive recreation site.

Access

Ruth Springs tract from Branford:
Travel west on US 27, turn right on NE CR 421; travel north 1 mile and the Ruth Springs tract entrance is on the right. Access from Mayo: Travel east on US 27, turn left on NE CR 421; travel 1 mile and the entrance is on the right.

Branford Bend tract from Branford:
Travel north on US 129, the entrance is on the left approximately 1 mile north of the intersection of US 27 and US 129.

Size
  • Ruth Springs – 649 acres
  • Branford Bend – 1,025 acres

IMPORTANT NOTICES:
September 15, 2017 - The following District lands have reopened:  Devil's Hammock, Steinhatchee Falls, Sunnyvale, Log Landing, Shingle Landing, Nature Coast, Mt. Gilead, Cabbage Grove, Scanlon, Cabbage Creek, Holton Creek, Mallory Swamp, Goose Pasture Campground, Little River, Jones Mill Creek and Gar Pond.  All other District remain closed to public access until damage and safety assessments can be completed due to Hurricane Irma.

August 17, 2017 - The boardwalk at Pot Springs on the Withlacoochee tract in Hamilton County is closed for renovations.