Moses Creek Conservation Area

About this property

The Moses Creek Conservation Area preserves one of the few remaining undeveloped tidal creeks — Moses Creek, a tributary to the Matanzas River — in the north Florida region. The tidal marshes here served as an important resource to Native Americans who occupied the area thousands of years ago.

The district purchased this land, which surrounds Moses Creek, to protect important water resources and ecological functions, as well as to protect wildlife habitat. Eight natural communities — scrub, sandhill, upland mixed forest, freshwater tidal swamp, mesic flatwood, depression marsh, dome swamp and estuarine tidal marsh — can be found on the land. The diverse vegetative communities provide habitat for a variety of wildlife.

One of the special highlights of this property is its canopied dirt roads that serve as trails beneath grand old live oaks, through scrub habitat, to sandy bluffs overlooking Moses Creek. The creek is popular with kayakers who wait for high tide to explore the creek as it winds its way through tall marsh grasses.

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 conservation area is home to wading birds, including great blue heron and egrets, and osprey, hawks, gopher tortoise, deer, otter and fox.

Recreational activities
  1. The area is available for hiking, wildlife viewing, primitive camping in designated areas, picnicking, nature study, bicycling, horseback riding and fishing.
  2. Boating and canoeing opportunities are available on Moses Creek and the Matanzas River, and the property is accessible by water; however, there are no launches located on the property.

The property is near Dupont Center, south of St. Augustine, on the north side of State Road 206. For details and to get driving directions from your location, see the Google Maps link on this page.