Orange Creek Conservation Area near Citra in Marion County, Florida

 

Orange Creek Conservation Area - South Tract

 

Location and Hiking Trail Maps with Nature Viewing Information and Photos

Marion County

Near Citra, Florida

Entry Fee: None

Official Website

Traffic: Light

 

On County Road 318 just east of Fl State 301 near Citra, this is one of those hiking and horseback riding areas that you are prone to drive by daily without thinking to make a stop. In fact, I did just that for close to year.

 

It's an amazing area for hiking south of Hawthorne and Gainesville and north of Ocala once you do stop. If there is a downside, it's that the trails are maintained by machine tilling up the soil which, in this area, creates a lot of soft, sweet sand to trudge though. But the trails are wide enough to walk along in the grass in these recently tilled area.

 

Numerous trails greet you, each well-blazed. I made use of red, white, and yellow trails to create two loops (a sort of figure-8) over about seven miles, but there were numerous other connectors and trails to follow. The terrain is flat, it is diverse and includes a very nice pier overlooking a small, unnamed lake or marshland.

 

Parking is ample, including for your horse trailer, but it's rare to see anyone else there. When you do, the conservation is area is large enough that you won't likely meet them so you have this hike to yourself and your dog, friend, or date.

 

While the sand is too soft for enjoyable biking in the woodsy trails, a main dirt road will provide the workout you crave, and there are few better places for hiking or horseback riding in the area.

 

Hiking Trail Map of Orange Creek Conservation Area
Orange Creek Conservation Area - PDF map of hiking trail

 

Interactive map of trail at AllTrails - Web and Mobile App

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

Sign for Orange Creek Conservation Area off County 318 near Citra

Sign for Orange Creek Conservation Area to hike or ride off County 318 near Citra in Marion County

 

Hiking near Citra in Marion County

The trails are well-maintained but can be too soft for enjoyable biking

 

Observation deck at Orange Creek Conservation Area

An observation deck at Orange Creek Conservation Area overlooks a small lake

 

View from Observation Deck at Orange Creek, Citra, Florida

View from Observation Deck, Citra

 

Hiking in Marion County

Hiking and horseback riding trail through Orange Creek Conservation Area near Citra in Marion County Florida

 

Carolina Petunia - Ruellia caroliniensis

Carolina Petunia - Ruellia caroliniensis - in north central Florida has five purple petals

 

Unidentified flowers

Unidentified tiny white flower in Florida with five petals

 

Orange Milkwort - Polygala lutea

Orange Milkwort - Polygala lutea - an orange wildflower in Florida

 

 

 

 

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Orange Creek Conservation Area near Citra in Marion County, Florida

Hiking Trail Map of Orange Creek Conservation Area

Sign for Orange Creek Conservation Area off County 318 near Citra

Hiking near Citra in Marion County

Observation deck at Orange Creek Conservation Area

View from Observation Deck at Orange Creek, Citra, Florida

Hiking in Marion County

Carolina Petunia - Ruellia caroliniensis

Unidentified flowers

Orange Milkwort - Polygala lutea

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Orange Creek Conservation Area near Citra in Marion County, Florida

Hiking Trail Map of Orange Creek Conservation Area

Sign for Orange Creek Conservation Area off County 318 near Citra

Hiking near Citra in Marion County

Observation deck at Orange Creek Conservation Area

View from Observation Deck at Orange Creek, Citra, Florida

Hiking in Marion County

Carolina Petunia - Ruellia caroliniensis

Unidentified flowers

Orange Milkwort - Polygala lutea

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Orange Creek Conservation Area near Citra in Marion County, Florida

Hiking Trail Map of Orange Creek Conservation Area

Sign for Orange Creek Conservation Area off County 318 near Citra

Hiking near Citra in Marion County

Observation deck at Orange Creek Conservation Area

View from Observation Deck at Orange Creek, Citra, Florida

Hiking in Marion County

Carolina Petunia - Ruellia caroliniensis

Unidentified flowers

Orange Milkwort - Polygala lutea

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Orange Creek Conservation Area near Citra in Marion County, Florida

Hiking Trail Map of Orange Creek Conservation Area

Sign for Orange Creek Conservation Area off County 318 near Citra

Hiking near Citra in Marion County

Observation deck at Orange Creek Conservation Area

View from Observation Deck at Orange Creek, Citra, Florida

Hiking in Marion County

Carolina Petunia - Ruellia caroliniensis

Unidentified flowers

Orange Milkwort - Polygala lutea

Bryan Lindenberger
Orange Creek Conservation Area near Citra in Marion County, Florida

Hiking Trail Map of Orange Creek Conservation Area

Sign for Orange Creek Conservation Area off County 318 near Citra

Hiking near Citra in Marion County

Observation deck at Orange Creek Conservation Area

View from Observation Deck at Orange Creek, Citra, Florida

Hiking in Marion County

Carolina Petunia - Ruellia caroliniensis

Unidentified flowers

Orange Milkwort - Polygala lutea

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Orange Creek Conservation Area near Citra in Marion County, Florida

Hiking Trail Map of Orange Creek Conservation Area

Sign for Orange Creek Conservation Area off County 318 near Citra

Hiking near Citra in Marion County

Observation deck at Orange Creek Conservation Area

View from Observation Deck at Orange Creek, Citra, Florida

Hiking in Marion County

Carolina Petunia - Ruellia caroliniensis

Unidentified flowers

Orange Milkwort - Polygala lutea

Bryan Lindenberger
Orange Creek Conservation Area near Citra in Marion County, Florida
Bryan Lindenberger
Orange Creek Conservation Area near Citra in Marion County, Florida

Hiking Trail Map of Orange Creek Conservation Area

Sign for Orange Creek Conservation Area off County 318 near Citra

Hiking near Citra in Marion County

Observation deck at Orange Creek Conservation Area

View from Observation Deck at Orange Creek, Citra, Florida

Hiking in Marion County

Carolina Petunia - Ruellia caroliniensis

Unidentified flowers

Orange Milkwort - Polygala lutea

Bryan Lindenberger
Orange Creek Conservation Area near Citra in Marion County, Florida

Hiking Trail Map of Orange Creek Conservation Area

Sign for Orange Creek Conservation Area off County 318 near Citra

Hiking near Citra in Marion County

Observation deck at Orange Creek Conservation Area

View from Observation Deck at Orange Creek, Citra, Florida

Hiking in Marion County

Carolina Petunia - Ruellia caroliniensis

Unidentified flowers

Orange Milkwort - Polygala lutea

Bryan Lindenberger
Orange Creek Conservation Area near Citra in Marion County, Florida

Hiking Trail Map of Orange Creek Conservation Area

Sign for Orange Creek Conservation Area off County 318 near Citra

Hiking near Citra in Marion County

Observation deck at Orange Creek Conservation Area

View from Observation Deck at Orange Creek, Citra, Florida

Hiking in Marion County

Carolina Petunia - Ruellia caroliniensis

Unidentified flowers

Orange Milkwort - Polygala lutea

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images