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“A very quiet place, the canoe launch area was beautiful!”

Savannas Preserve State Park
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Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

We visited over Memorial Day weekend. It was very quiet, luckily for us it seemed like everyone else chose the beach! Stopped in at the visitor's center first, so many wonderful exhibits to enjoy! The volunteers were very friendly. This is mostly a scrub area with a lovely marsh area where canoes are launched. We set up at a covered picnic area overlooking the water and grilled hotdogs. Hiked a little bit on one of the trails and when it got cooler in the afternoon, fished off the dock at canoe launch. Even caught 2 bass right off the steps. Most memorable creatures we saw? Gopher Turtle. & Diamond Back Rattlesnake!

3  Thank Zonicle
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

You have many options when the Education Center is open (which it wasn't on our visit): hiking the flat trails through different areas, kayaking, canoeing, or driving the short portion of the white trail to the boat landing. We chose to ride our bikes but other were horseback riding which looked like much more fun. we entered at the Walton entrance where we were greeted by a flat scrub area leading to the marsh. At the Jensen Beach entrance pine flatwoods will stretch out through the trail. There are six natural communities in the Savannas: pine flatwoods, basin marsh, sand pine scrub, wet prairie, marsh lake and scrubby flatwoods.It looked like they had a control burn recently. I understand when the Education Center is open it is well worth your time. $3 fee and restrooms.

5  Thank James H
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

We spent three hours here walking the trails. We discovered a cranes nest with babies. Saw numerous Sandhill cranes, ibis, even an otter! A nature lovers' and shutterbugs' delight!
The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. We plan to return soon.

3  Thank Rosemary F
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Reviewed 17 March 2014 via mobile

I love the Preserve. It's a little piece of heaven. Gorgeous views, wildlife in their natural habitat and amazing trails to walk. Unfortunately the day we went the trail was flooded from rain, so we were limited. The park staff is friendly and knowledgable and ready to answer any question you have. Perfect for picniking, biking and relaxing. Def. a gem.

3  Thank Stephie4821
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

The trails on the north side were essentially off-limits for us due to the heavy rains the day before but we did make it down to the canoe launch area and had a picnic right on the water. The day was sunny and cool and the March winds were blowing very hard. We then made the right decision to drive south to the Hawk's Bluff nature trail where parking is limited but it is worth the trip. Lots of neat flora and different habitats including a hammock with beautiful live oaks and a marsh with slash pines. Unfortunately the dunes were full of burned trees, not sure when the fire was or if it was prescribed (it seemed like it burned very hot and killed too many mature trees) but I'm still glad we took the time to discover it.

3  Thank GainesvilleGrrl
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