Steinhatchee Springs Wildlife Management Area
Steinhatchee Springs Wildlife Management Area occupies 20,909 acres along the Steinhatchee River that is owned by the Suwannee River Water Management District and jointly managed with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The Steinhatchee River flows 28 miles from Mallory Swamp in Lafayette County, through Taylor and Dixie counties to the Gulf of Mexico. Just north of the town of Tennille, at the south portion of the Steinhatchee Springs WMA, the river goes underground and re-emerges about a half mile further south.

The Steinhatchee hiking trail runs south of Tennille along the river for 3.3 miles through oak hammocks, flatwoods and forested areas before ending at Steinhatchee Falls - claimed to be the widest falls in Florida. Even though the falls have a small drop over limestone ledges, they are still very impressive. There are restroom facilities at the trailheads at both ends of the trail. And a kayak/canoe launch is available near the falls.

Hunting is permitted within Steinhatchee Springs Wildlife Management Area, so it's important to check the dates for hunting seasons before venturing into the area off the marked trails. Some trails are suitable for off-road cycling as well as hiking. You may bring your dog on a leash. Horses must stay on the named or numbered roads.

There are numerous access points to the Steinhatchee Wildlife Management Area, primarily along SR51 between Mayo and Tennile. Other points of entry are available along CR357 and L.A. Bennett Grade in Lafayette County. Note that this wildlife management area is considered to be a "primitive tract" ... so there is no official visitor center. Our map and "Navigate" button below will take you to the spot just south of Tennille where the northern trailhead of the Steinhatchee Trail is located.
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