Total Acreage: 10,959
Four Creeks State Forest
Four Creeks State Forest is located between Callahan and Yulee, Florida on approximately 13,147 acres in Nassau County. The property was acquired jointly by the St. Johns River Water Management District and Florida Forever Program’s Northeast Florida Timberlands and Watershed Reserve Project. Four Creeks was named after the four water systems that transverse its boundaries; Alligator (Mills), Thomas, Boggy and Plummer Creeks. The four creeks join together to form the headwaters of the Nassau River, which borders the southeastern portion of the property.
Four Creeks State Forest is located just north of Jacksonville, Florida along the Duval/Nassau County line. The forest lies approximately 4 miles east of Callahan FL. with the forest boundary bordering SR 200/FL A1A along its northern edge and extending south to Thomas Creek. The Four Creeks State Forest office is located 15 miles North of Callahan on US 1 in Hilliard.
The Florida Forest Service utilizes multiple-use management on Four Creeks State Forest which integrates human use with the conservation, restoration and protection of native ecosystems. Activities seen on Four Creeks include timber management, recreation, wildlife management, ecosystem restoration, prescribed burning, environmental education, and watershed management.
PHOTO: Four Creeks State Forest.
Major natural communities found on the forest include wet flatwoods, mesic flatwoods, floodplain swamp, tidal marsh, strand swamp, dome swamp and baygalls. Wildlife common to Four Creeks includes white-tailed deer, wild turkey, gopher tortoise, wild hog, and numerous song birds.
The Florida Forest Service has developed a five-year recreation plan that includes establishing trail systems and public camping facilities. As trails and camp sites are developed they will be clearly marked and included on future brochures.
Recreational activities on Four Creeks State Forest include hiking, hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, nature study, bicycling, and horseback riding. There are no designated trails or camping facilities at this time. Hunting and fishing fall under the direction of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. We encourage non-hunting recreationists to check the Four Creeks Wildlife Management Area regulations and season dates before visiting.
In keeping with its mission to protect and manage Florida's forest resources, the Florida Forest Service has developed rules which apply to all State Forest visitors. Find out more about state forest fees and rules.