Alachua County Temporarily Closes Barr Hammock Preserve – Levy Loop Trail for Habitat Restoration Activities

​The Alachua County Barr Hammock Preserve Levy Loop Trail (14920 S.E. 11th Drive, Micanopy) is temporarily closed for habitat restoration activities. The trail is closed beginning today, Tuesday, September 5, 2023. Depending on weather, the closure is expected to remain in effect through Wednesday, September 13. During this time, invasive plant management activities will occur on approximately 120 acres of the prairie. Trail closure was identified as the best way to protect public safety during the habitat restoration activities. 
    
For visitor safety, the public is expected to observe all closure signs. Unauthorized persons may be cited for trespass. When work is completed, the County will remove the closure signs and advise the public that the trail is open again. 

The Barr Hammock- South trailhead (300 S.E. 175th Avenue, Micanopy) remains open with 20 miles of trails for pedestrians, equestrians, and bicycles. 

The nearly 6,000-acre Barr Hammock Preserve is actively managed through the Alachua County Forever Program, the voter-approved initiative to acquire, improve, and manage environmentally sensitive lands to protect water resources, wildlife habitat, and natural areas suitable for resource-based recreation. The referendum was first passed in November 2000. It was funded again by the voters in 2008, 2016, and 2022 with the Wild Spaces and Public Places Referendum.


For more information, contact the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Barr Hammock Preserve Manager Mike Nelson at 352-264-6848 or mnelson@alachuacounty.us.

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