Heart Island Conservation Area

About this property

The district acquired this property in 1994 with Preservation 2000 funds to protect water resources. Prior to the district’s purchase, the property had undergone extensive clear-cutting for its timber resources. The district has focused on planting longleaf pine to restore the area’s native plant community. Natural communities include basin swamp, floodplain swamp, basin marsh, baygall, blackwater stream, hydric hammock, mesic flatwoods and scrub. Slash pine, cabbage palms and an undergrowth of saw palmetto and gallberry can be found in nearly all of the upland areas. Wetland areas contain various hardwoods, cypress, sweetbay, red bay, loblolly bay and wax myrtle thickets.

This conservation area is part of the 39,642-acre Lake George Wildlife Management Area. Hunting on the property is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

One of the special highlights of this property is its more than 5 miles of trails, perfect for hiking, biking or horseback riding. Along the trails, visitors will find covered picnic tables among stately old trees.

Wildlife viewing

Please respect Florida’s wildlife and use caution while visiting district lands. These are wild animals. For your safety, do not approach or feed any wild animal. The mix of natural communities provides excellent habitat for a variety of species, including Florida black bear and gopher tortoise. Deer, otters, woodpeckers, songbirds, foxes, raccoons, alligators and a variety of snakes and lizards have been observed.

Recreational activities
  1. Hiking, horseback riding, seasonal hunting, bicycling, picnicking, wildlife viewing and primitive camping at designated sites.

The property can be accessed from three different roads.

For details and to get driving directions from your location, see the Google Maps link on this page.