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Four Creeks State Forest

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NOTE: The public entrance on the north side of Four Creeks State Forest will be closed. Walk in access only this weekend. We currently have poor road conditions and ongoing construction to repair those conditions.

Four Creeks State Forest is located between Callahan and Yulee, Florida, on approximately 10,959 acres in Nassau County. The property was acquired jointly by the St. Johns River Water Management District and Florida Forever Program’s Northeast Florida Timberlands and Watershed Reserve Project. Four Creeks was named after the four water systems that cross it: Alligator (Mills), Thomas, Boggy and Plummer creeks. The four creeks join to form the headwaters of the Nassau River, which borders the southeastern portion of the forest.

Location

Four Creeks State Forest is located just north of Jacksonville, along the Duval-Nassau county line. The forest lies approximately 4 miles east of Callahan, with the forest boundary bordering State Road 200/FL A1A along its northern edge and extending south to Thomas Creek. The Four Creeks State Forest office is located 15 miles north of Callahan on U.S. 1 in Hilliard.

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Natural Features

Four Creeks State Forest is managed by the Florida Forest Service for multiple uses. Activities seen on the forest include timber management, recreation, wildlife management, ecosystem restoration, prescribed burning, environmental education and watershed management.

Wet flatwoods, mesic flatwoods, floodplain swamp, tidal marsh, strand swamp, dome swamp and baygalls are some of the natural communities found on the forest. White-tailed deer, wild turkey, gopher tortoise, wild hog and numerous songbirds are common.

Recreation

The Florida Forest Service has developed a five-year recreation plan that includes establishing trail systems and public camping facilities. As trails and campsites are developed they will be clearly marked and will be included in future brochures.

Recreational activities on Four Creeks State Forest include hiking, hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, nature study, bicycling and horseback riding. There are no designated trails or camping facilities at this time. Hunting and fishing fall under the direction of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. We encourage non-hunting recreationists to check the Four Creeks Wildlife Management Area regulations and season dates before visiting.

In keeping with its mission to protect and manage Florida's forest resources, the Florida Forest Service has developed rules that apply to all state forest visitors. Find out more about state forest fees and rules.