Description: 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
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.