Jennings State Forest - Middleburg, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 30° 10.316 W 081° 57.366
17R E 407943 N 3338223
Quick Description: Jennings State Forest is located in Middleburg Florida, USA.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 5/11/2008 1:19:00 PM
Waymark Code: WM3RJ4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member johmer79
Views: 94

Long Description:
From the Jennings State Forest website:

Location

Jennings State Forest can be found in the northern section of Clay County, which is located in northeastern Florida. The forest is approximately 10 miles southwest of Jacksonville, and 5 miles southwest of Orange Park. The State Forest has 5 entrances along the perimeter of the forest. Access to the eastern section of the forest is available from State Road 21 to County Road 220A, and access to the western section is available from U.S. 301 to County Road 218. The forestry center is situated on the north end of Long Horn Road which adjoins State Road 218.

Natural Features

There are more than 15 different natural biological communities on Jennings State Forest, each with unique plants, animals, and physical characteristics. This results in an abundance of wildlife residing in the forest. Fire is needed to maintain many of these communities. The Division of Forestry uses prescribed fire to manage these communities in order to maintain the required habitat for the many unique plants and animals that occur within them. Included among the different types of natural communities are sandhill, slope forest, flatwoods, seepage slope, dome swamp, blackwater stream, and seepage stream. Photo of bottomland forest.

Raccoon, otter, alligator, and wading birds can be seen along North Fork Black Creek and other tributaries found throughout the forest. White-tailed deer, wild turkey, hawks and song birds can be found in the uplands.

Several ravines can be found in Jennings State Forest, representing the slow but never ending process of erosion by the force of water. These ravines are located along seepage streams leading to North Fork Black Creek. The spring fed streams are visible when canoeing between Powell Ford and Ellis Ford on North Fork Black Creek. Photo of ravine.

Recreation

The forest is open during daylight hours for hiking, bicycling, canoeing, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing. Be advised that other recreational activities occur on the forest during seasonal hunts.

This State Forest contains 2 hiking trails (Fire and Water and North Fork Black Creek) that are included in the Florida Division of Forestry's Trailwalker Hiking Program. The North Fork Black Creek Trail is a 5 mile loop trail that offers a variety of ecosystems for the hiker to explore. Canoeing is available on North Fork and Black Creeks with several landings along the waterways. The Fire and Water Nature Trail is an informative 1.7 mile trail which will give you an insight into how fire and water effect the various forest communities as well as explain our restoration efforts on the forest.

Jennings State Forest is open to regulated hunting and fishing under the direction of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. We encourage non-hunting recreationists to check the Wildlife Management Area regulations and season dates before visiting Jennings State Forest.

Hunting requires a license and permit and is allowed only in designated Wildlife Management Areas during appropriate seasons, fishing also requires a valid license. Visit MyFWC.com/hunting for information.

Estimated size of the public land (in regional measurement standard: hectares, acres, kms, etc.): 23,995 acres

Is there a trail system?: Yes

If there is a trail system, please describe length, terrain, etc.:
See Long Description.


What points of interest are there?:
Natural communities within Jennings State Forest include sandhill, slope forest, flatwoods, seepage slope, dome swamp, blackwater stream, and seepage stream.


What activities are available?:
Hiking, bicycling, canoeing, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, picnicking, swimming, and hunting.


List of known hazards (cliffs, snakes, poison plants, etc.):
Ravines, snakes, and poisonous plants.


Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Is a permit/fee required?: Yes

If a permit/fee is required please describe in detail how to get one, how much, etc.:
Day use fees can be paid daily by depositing fees in the honor fee envelopes and displaying the tear-away tab on the vehicle windshield or rear-view mirror.

Day use fee = $1.00 per person, children under 6 admitted free.


Please supply the website of the land if available: [Web Link]

Hours of accessibility?: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Visitors are encouraged to supply a picture of either themselves or their GPS at the trailhead and/or signage of the public access lands - describe your experience there and what you saw - tell us why other folks should come visit!

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