Lake Townsen Preserve
At just under 400 acres, the Lake Townsen Preserve packs a lot of recreational potential into a small area. Located along County Road 476 near Nobleton, this preserve encompasses several tracts including the Sandhills Unit, Lake Townsen Regional Park, the Rock Pit Unit, and Nobleton Wayside Park.

The Regional Park includes a variety of day-use activity resources, including a picnic area with rental pavilions, public restrooms, a basketball court, beach volleyball court, baseball field, and childrens playground. There is also a trailhead to the Withlacoochee State Trail ... which extends for 46 miles through three counties ... and is one of the longest paved bicycle/rollerblading/hiking trails in Florida.

Running roughly parallel to the Withlacoochee Trail in this area, there is an equestrian trail. And the Lake Townsen Preserve provides parking for horse trailers. This is a day use area, and camping is not allowed. The Sandhill Unit also includes several miles of hiking and horse trails.

Vehicle and trailer access is provided to a launch site onto the Withlacoochee River. It is not only kayak and canoe friendly ... motorboats may be launched via a concrete boat ramp. A short boardwalk and fishing pier also makes this a popular fishing location.
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