Entrance to Spring Grove Taiil at San Felasco Hammock Preserve, Florida

 

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park - Spring Grove Trail

 

Location and Hiking Trail Maps with Nature Viewing Information and Photos

Alachua County

Gainesville, Florida

Entry Fee: $4 per vehicle, $2 by bike or foot

Traffic: Moderate

 

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Anyone who says that all the hiking trails in north central Florida look the same isn't familiar enough with them yet. I'm new myself, and could go a little crazy trying to distinguish between longleaf, loblolly, and slash pine. But if you want a break from flat hiking as well as the sawtooth palmetto and cabbage palm, Spring Grove Trail at San Felasco Preserve in Alachua County might be just the spot.

 

The parking area at 11101 Millhopper Road northwest of Gainesville lands you at the entrance to Sink Creek Trailhead, but Spring Grove Trail lies just across the street - careful crossing! From there the 6-mile loop is easy to follow with two cutoffs, Sand Hill Cutoff and Hammock Cutoff, to shorten your hike or run while Old Spanish Way can lengthen it. Dogs are welcome on a leash, as are bikes, but some sections have very soft sand prohibitive to biking.

 

What I noticed right away was an abundance of hills in the hammock forest. The old growth hammock provides enough shade to keep the earth moist year around, with plenty of ferns, laurel oak, flowering dogwood, American beech, and some of the largest Southern Magnolia I have seen in the region.

 

I suggest going early for the solitude and amazing chorus of bird calls. I pulled in at 7am and two other cars quickly followed behind me. I quickly lost sight of others due to the number and length of trails, but returning by 10 found not only a number of morning joggers along the way, but parking filled and spilling onto the street.

 

Creek Sink Trail shares the same parking lot, so be sure to check that out for an additional 2.5 miles of hiking amid several sink holes turned to ponds and a creek.

 

Hiking map of Spring Grove Trail at San Felasco Hammock, Florida, Yellow Blaze

Spring Grove at San Felasco Preserve Trail Map - PDF map of Trail Hike

 

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Trail in woods, hiking San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park near Gainesville, Florida

Hiking San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park near Gainesville, Florida

 

Trail through subtropical hammock forest

Dense subtropical forest hammock with an easy to follow hiking trail

 

Beech and oak in Florida forest

Beech and oak trees at San Felasco

 

Flowering dogwood, cornus Florida, with four heart-shaped petals surrounding the yellow stamen or pistil

Flowering dogwood, cornus Florida, with four heart-shaped petals surrounding the yellow stamen or pistil

 

Mossy log in forest

Even in a dry season, the forest is moist and offers many earthy smells

 

Yellow rat snake

No cause for alarm - just a yellow rat snake catching some late morning rays

 

 

 

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Entrance to Spring Grove Taiil at San Felasco Hammock Preserve, Florida

Hiking map of Spring Grove Trail at San Felasco Hammock, Florida, Yellow Blaze

Trail in woods, hiking San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park near Gainesville, Florida

Trail through subtropical hammock forest

Beech and oak in Florida forest

Flowering dogwood, cornus Florida, with four heart-shaped petals surrounding the yellow stamen or pistil

Mossy log in forest

Yellow rat snake

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Entrance to Spring Grove Taiil at San Felasco Hammock Preserve, Florida

Hiking map of Spring Grove Trail at San Felasco Hammock, Florida, Yellow Blaze

Trail in woods, hiking San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park near Gainesville, Florida

Trail through subtropical hammock forest

Beech and oak in Florida forest

Flowering dogwood, cornus Florida, with four heart-shaped petals surrounding the yellow stamen or pistil

Mossy log in forest

Yellow rat snake

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Entrance to Spring Grove Taiil at San Felasco Hammock Preserve, Florida

Hiking map of Spring Grove Trail at San Felasco Hammock, Florida, Yellow Blaze

Trail in woods, hiking San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park near Gainesville, Florida

Trail through subtropical hammock forest

Beech and oak in Florida forest

Flowering dogwood, cornus Florida, with four heart-shaped petals surrounding the yellow stamen or pistil

Mossy log in forest

Yellow rat snake

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Entrance to Spring Grove Taiil at San Felasco Hammock Preserve, Florida

Hiking map of Spring Grove Trail at San Felasco Hammock, Florida, Yellow Blaze

Trail in woods, hiking San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park near Gainesville, Florida

Trail through subtropical hammock forest

Beech and oak in Florida forest

Flowering dogwood, cornus Florida, with four heart-shaped petals surrounding the yellow stamen or pistil

Mossy log in forest

Yellow rat snake

Bryan Lindenberger
Entrance to Spring Grove Taiil at San Felasco Hammock Preserve, Florida

Hiking map of Spring Grove Trail at San Felasco Hammock, Florida, Yellow Blaze

Trail in woods, hiking San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park near Gainesville, Florida

Trail through subtropical hammock forest

Beech and oak in Florida forest

Flowering dogwood, cornus Florida, with four heart-shaped petals surrounding the yellow stamen or pistil

Mossy log in forest

Yellow rat snake

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Entrance to Spring Grove Taiil at San Felasco Hammock Preserve, Florida

Hiking map of Spring Grove Trail at San Felasco Hammock, Florida, Yellow Blaze

Trail in woods, hiking San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park near Gainesville, Florida

Trail through subtropical hammock forest

Beech and oak in Florida forest

Flowering dogwood, cornus Florida, with four heart-shaped petals surrounding the yellow stamen or pistil

Mossy log in forest

Yellow rat snake

Bryan Lindenberger
Entrance to Spring Grove Taiil at San Felasco Hammock Preserve, Florida
Bryan Lindenberger
Entrance to Spring Grove Taiil at San Felasco Hammock Preserve, Florida

Hiking map of Spring Grove Trail at San Felasco Hammock, Florida, Yellow Blaze

Trail in woods, hiking San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park near Gainesville, Florida

Trail through subtropical hammock forest

Beech and oak in Florida forest

Flowering dogwood, cornus Florida, with four heart-shaped petals surrounding the yellow stamen or pistil

Mossy log in forest

Yellow rat snake

Bryan Lindenberger
Entrance to Spring Grove Taiil at San Felasco Hammock Preserve, Florida

Hiking map of Spring Grove Trail at San Felasco Hammock, Florida, Yellow Blaze

Trail in woods, hiking San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park near Gainesville, Florida

Trail through subtropical hammock forest

Beech and oak in Florida forest

Flowering dogwood, cornus Florida, with four heart-shaped petals surrounding the yellow stamen or pistil

Mossy log in forest

Yellow rat snake

Bryan Lindenberger
Entrance to Spring Grove Taiil at San Felasco Hammock Preserve, Florida

Hiking map of Spring Grove Trail at San Felasco Hammock, Florida, Yellow Blaze

Trail in woods, hiking San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park near Gainesville, Florida

Trail through subtropical hammock forest

Beech and oak in Florida forest

Flowering dogwood, cornus Florida, with four heart-shaped petals surrounding the yellow stamen or pistil

Mossy log in forest

Yellow rat snake

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images