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San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

Gainesville, Florida

Contact Information
12720 NW 109 Ln.
Alachua, 32615
(386) 462-7905

Driving Directions
To the Hiking Trailhead: Take I-75 to C.R. 222 (Milepost Exit 390 - Old Exit 77) and drive west 2.9 miles to C.R. 241. Turn right onto C.R. 241 and drive 2.0 miles to C.R. 232. Turn right onto C.R. 232 and drive 2.2 miles. The park entrance is on the right just east of the I-75 overpass. (No interchange at this overpass.)

To the Equestrian and Mountain Bike Trailhead: Take I-75 to U.S. 441 (Milepost Exit 399 - Old Exit 78) and drive south 2.8 miles (through the city of Alachua). Turn right onto Progress Blvd. Drive 0.7 miles to the park entrance. (Continue past the end of the pavement and onto the grade road.)

Hours of Operation
Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

San Felasco Hammock is named for an old Spanish Mission, San Francisco de Potano which ministered to the Indians living here centuries ago. Over time the early settlers continually mispronounced San Francisco until the area became known as San Felasco. "Hammock" is an Indian word that means "shady." The lower two thirds of San Felasco has been set aside for hiking only. The northern most 2,000 acres have been designated for multi-use purposes including horseback riding, off-road bicycling and hiking. Trails in this section were built by The Friends of San Felasco, Inc. and other interested volunteers.

Park Activities

Bicycling, Horse Trails, Nature Trails, Picnicking, and Wildlife Viewing

The Equestrian and Mountain Bike Trailhead located off of US 441 south of Alachua offers a 1.0 mile, a 4.2 mile, and a 8.0 mile mountain bike trail system of interconnected loops. The equestrian trails offer a 3.6 mile and a 4.4 mile interconnected loop system except at intersections, the equestrian and mountain bike trails are separate trails. Although hikers are welcome to use both trails, pets (except horses) are not allowed on the trails. Sorry, no rental horses or bicycles are available. Horse riders should have proof of negative coggins on their person or in their saddlebags.

Nature Trails
San Felasco Hammock offers a 0.9 mile nature trail, a 5.6 mile hiking trail, and a 4.8 mile hiking trail at the Hiking Trailhead located on CR 232 (Millhopper Road) No bicycles or horses are allowed on these trails, however pets on a hand-held 6 foot leash are welcome.