San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is located Northwest of Gainesville. It is located south of Millhopper road. San Felasco is one of the largest protected contiguous stands of mesic hammock in Florida, according to its website.
The Park has four different trails, all of which differ in distance. The one I went on wasn’t as vigorous as the other trails. It’s called Moonshine Creek Trail.
Moonshine Creek Trail is great for beginners. The trail is about a mile long. On the hike, visitors will see an array of vegetation.
This was a very fun experience. Being from south Florida, it was amazing to see so many tall trees. All I ever saw in my hometown were palm trees!
An interesting fact about Moonshine creek, according to the San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park website, is that the creek got its name during prohibition where it was the site of a moonshine still providing illegal alcohol to citizens of Alachua County.
On my hike I saw a bunch of different plants. Unfortunately, I did not see too many animals. The website says you can see a variety of species, but all I saw were a couple of moths and squirrels. I still liked the hike though. You truly become connected with environment when you’re hiking.
Half way through the Moonshine Creek Trail begins the Creek Sink Trail. This trail is 2.3 miles long. The park’s website says the trail goes around swamps and bottomland forest where the waters of the creek, at the southernmost part of the trail, are absorbed into the underlying aquifer. If you don’t want to walk that long, make sure you stay on the Moonshine trail.
Like I said before, my experience with the hike was great. It wasn’t too difficult to do and all the vegetation provided enough shade so I didn’t get too hot. I would definitely recommend this hike to my fellow beginner hikers.