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Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

 

Hiking Trails at Caravelle Ranch WMA with Maps, Plant and Wildflower Identification

Putnam County

Palatka, Florida

Entry Fee: None

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Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area is just a bit down the road from Caravelle Ranch Conservation Area on Florida 19. This makes a world of difference if you are mapping your way to a little hiking! And Caravelle Ranch WMA offers quite a lot of hiking!

 

After pulling over into ample parking, you can grab a map that leads you through 8-10 miles of hiking loops through the woods with the longest, single loop being 4.5 miles. That route, mapped below, covers white, yellow, and red trails. It's really one of my favorite hiking trails in the region as you can experience dense, subtropical forest full of pine, southern magnolia, American sweetgum, and bald cyprus one moment, and large, open fields of of downy lobelia and sheep's sorrel the next. Be sure to visit in late winter to early spring to see the fields of flowers.

 

Take note of hunting season, as hunting is permitted here.

 

Trails are designated by the St. Johns River Water Management District as multiple use, so whether, bike, or foot, you will enjoy your time here and could likely spot deer, birds, and even bears. As always, take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.

 

Loop hiking trail at Caravelle Ranch WMA - PDF map of trail hike


Interactive Map of Trail at AllTrails - Web and Mobile App

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

An open field of downy lobelia and sheep's sorrel in early spring

An open field of downy lobelia and sheep's sorrel in early spring

 

Bear Print at Caravelle Ranch, Palatka

Careful. There's bears in theres!

 

Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

The trails at Caravelle Ranch WMA are wide and shady.

 

Bald Cypress in Woods

Bald Cypress in the woods at Caravell Ranch

 

Spring wildflowers in central florida

Fields of spring wildflowers include downy lobelia on the left and sheep's sorrel on the right

 

Liquidambar styraciflua

The five-pointed leaf of the Liquidambar styraciflua, or American Sweetgum in north central Florida

 

Polygala lutea - Orange Milkwort

Polygala lutea - Orange Milkwort

 

Deep green forest in central Florida

The forest turns a deep, leafy green during the rainy season between May and October

 

 

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Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

An open field of downy lobelia and sheep's sorrel in early spring

Bear Print at Caravelle Ranch, Palatka

Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

Bald Cypress in Woods

Spring wildflowers in central florida

Liquidambar styraciflua

Polygala lutea - Orange Milkwort

Deep green forest in central Florida

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

An open field of downy lobelia and sheep's sorrel in early spring

Bear Print at Caravelle Ranch, Palatka

Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

Bald Cypress in Woods

Spring wildflowers in central florida

Liquidambar styraciflua

Polygala lutea - Orange Milkwort

Deep green forest in central Florida

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

An open field of downy lobelia and sheep's sorrel in early spring

Bear Print at Caravelle Ranch, Palatka

Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

Bald Cypress in Woods

Spring wildflowers in central florida

Liquidambar styraciflua

Polygala lutea - Orange Milkwort

Deep green forest in central Florida

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

An open field of downy lobelia and sheep's sorrel in early spring

Bear Print at Caravelle Ranch, Palatka

Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

Bald Cypress in Woods

Spring wildflowers in central florida

Liquidambar styraciflua

Polygala lutea - Orange Milkwort

Deep green forest in central Florida

Bryan Lindenberger
Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

An open field of downy lobelia and sheep's sorrel in early spring

Bear Print at Caravelle Ranch, Palatka

Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

Bald Cypress in Woods

Spring wildflowers in central florida

Liquidambar styraciflua

Polygala lutea - Orange Milkwort

Deep green forest in central Florida

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

An open field of downy lobelia and sheep's sorrel in early spring

Bear Print at Caravelle Ranch, Palatka

Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

Bald Cypress in Woods

Spring wildflowers in central florida

Liquidambar styraciflua

Polygala lutea - Orange Milkwort

Deep green forest in central Florida

Bryan Lindenberger
Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area
Bryan Lindenberger
Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

An open field of downy lobelia and sheep's sorrel in early spring

Bear Print at Caravelle Ranch, Palatka

Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

Bald Cypress in Woods

Spring wildflowers in central florida

Liquidambar styraciflua

Polygala lutea - Orange Milkwort

Deep green forest in central Florida

Bryan Lindenberger
Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

An open field of downy lobelia and sheep's sorrel in early spring

Bear Print at Caravelle Ranch, Palatka

Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

Bald Cypress in Woods

Spring wildflowers in central florida

Liquidambar styraciflua

Polygala lutea - Orange Milkwort

Deep green forest in central Florida

Bryan Lindenberger
Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

An open field of downy lobelia and sheep's sorrel in early spring

Bear Print at Caravelle Ranch, Palatka

Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area

Bald Cypress in Woods

Spring wildflowers in central florida

Liquidambar styraciflua

Polygala lutea - Orange Milkwort

Deep green forest in central Florida

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images