Etoniah Creek State Forest

390 Holloway Rd., Florahome, 32140
(386) 329-2552
Daily, sunrise to sunset

lake view

Visitors to this large state forest could easily spend the whole day birding and wildlife viewing. Nine miles of multi-use trails, 12.5 miles of paved (lime rock) roads that are open year round and numerous miles of unpaved forest roads (accessible to most vehicles) are available. All roads are open unless otherwise posted. Habitats include a 770-acre lake, sandhills, pine flatwoods, scrub, hardwoods, freshwater swamp and freshwater wetlands, plus miles of tannic streams, and open fields. Look for resident species such as Southeastern American Kestrel, Northern Bobwhite, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pine Warbler, Downy Woodpecker, and Northern Flickers. George’s Lake Trail off Tinsley Rd. leads through bottomland hardwoods to a lakeside observation deck. Explore scrub and flatwoods communities at the Holloway Day Use Area (access fee charged) for Red-headed Woodpeckers, Great Crested Flycatchers and Bachman’s Sparrows. While in the forest you may also encounter Sherman’s Fox Squirrel, Gopher Tortoise and several species of swallowtail butterflies. Listen for resident Great Horned Owls and Chuck-wills-widows (summer). Seasonal hunting takes place at this site; please click here for more information.

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