Moses Creek Conservation Area


  Size: 2,042 acres.

The Moss Creek Conservation Area preserves on the few remaining undeveloped tidal creeks in the region. The tidal marshes served as an important resource to Native Americans who occupied the area thousands of years ago. Moses Creek is a tributary to the Matanzas River. The Distric purchased this conservation area, which surrounds Moses Creek, to protect important wildlife habitat. Seven natural communities - scrub, upland mixed forest, freshwater tidal swamp, mesic flatwood, depression marsh, dome swamp and estuarine tidal marsh - can be found on the conservation area. The diverse vegetative communities provide habitat for a variety of wildlife. Canopied dirt roads serve as trails beneath grand old live oaks, through scrub, to sandy bluffs overlooking Moses Creek.

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

Recreational Activities: The area is available for hiking, primitive camping in designated areas, picnicking, nature study, bicycling, horseback riding and fishing. Environmental education programs are also conducted on the property. Local students are developing trails and camping areas through the District's Legacy program.

Restrictions: To ensure public safety and environmental protection, the following are not allowed: firearms and trapping devices; motorized vehicles (except at designated parking areas) including motorcycles and off-road, all-terrain and track vehicles; removal of plants, animals, or archaeological or cultural resources.

Access: Take US 1 South from St. Augustine to Dupont Center. Head East about one mile on State Road 206. The entrance and two parking areas are on the North side of SR 206; the Western parking area is equipped for horseback riders.


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