Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve
A pond at Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve is a 5,028-acre property located about six miles northeast of the town of Cedar Key. The reserve is a mix of hardwood forest, pine flatwoods, cypress swamp, scrub oak and tidal salt marsh running inland from the Gulf of Mexico. There are more than twelve miles of trails in the reserve to give hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders plenty of opportunities to experience a broad mosaic of Florida habitats. Most of these trails are along old jeep trails with about eight miles of trail west of CR 347 and about four miles east of CR 347. There are also shallow waters and numerous creeks in the vicinity of the salt marshes that are ideal for exploration by canoe or kayak, however: there is no boat launch at Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve. Most boaters launch nearby at Cedar Key and then paddle to the reserve.
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve is a scrub pine community undergoing extensive restoration, trying to bring back some of the native habitat necessary for the survival of the gopher tortoise and the Florida scrub jay.
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve is open from 8 am to sunset, every day of the year. Entrance is always free. Picnicking is allowed but camping and campfires are not.
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve is also managed as Cedar Key Scrub Wildlife Management Area by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. Just to the north on County Road 347 is Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.
A picnic area/rest stop at Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve
One of the hiking trails leading into Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve
Trail map courtesy of Florida State Parks