County Temporarily Closes Barr Hammock Preserve South Trailhead
March 24, 2022
Press release from Alachua County
The Alachua County Barr Hammock Preserve South Trailhead (300 S.E. 175th Avenue, Micanopy) will be temporarily closed for habitat restoration activities. The trails will be closed beginning March 24, 2022. The closure is expected to remain in effect through late May (depending on the weather). A timber harvest will occur over 311 acres of the Preserve during this time.
In addition to heavy logging equipment operating in the woods and trees falling, there will be logging trucks on the service roads, which partially overlap with the trail system. The trail closure was identified as the best way to protect public safety during the timber sale operation.
For visitor safety, the public is expected to observe all closure signs. Unauthorized persons may be cited for trespass. The County will remove the closure signs and advise the public that the trails are open again when work is completed.
The Barr Hammock- Levy Loop trailhead (14920 S.E. 11th Drive, Micanopy) remains open for pedestrians and bicycles (but no dogs due to the alligators).
Visit the Barr Hammock Preserve webpage for specific dates for trail closure.
The nearly 6,000 acres Barr Hammock Preserve is actively managed through the Alachua County Forever Program, the voter-approved initiative to acquire, improve and manage environmentally sensitive lands to protect water resources, wildlife habitat, and natural areas suitable for resource-based recreation. The referendum was first passed in November 2000. The voters funded it again in 2008 and in 2016 with the Wild Spaces and Public Places Referendum.