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) will be temporarily closed for habitat restoration activities. The trail will be closed beginning Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Depending on the weather, the closure is expected to remain effective through Friday, September 16, 2022. During this time, invasive plant management activities will take place on approximately 73 acres of the prairie. Trail closure was identified as the best way to protect public safety during 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 and 2016 with the Wild Spaces and Public Places Referendum.


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

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