Dixie Mainline- 8.5 miles
The highlights of this ride are the cypress swamp, five single-lane bridges spanning the branches of two scenic tidal creeks, and a restored pine forest.
Frequent traffic on this limerock through-road can make this a dusty ride at times. Plenty of parking is near the hunter check-station at the north end of the Mainline.
Salt Creek- 4.5 mile loop
Don’t miss the fishing platform at the end of Salt Creek Road- bald eagles sometimes nest on the islands across the creek.
From the parking area at the end of Salt Creek Road, walk or ride around the gate to the Salt Creek fishing platform.
The 0.3-mile scenic loop trail across from the parking area has several vistas over the salt-marsh with the village of Suwannee in the distance.
Ride 0.6 miles back down Salt Creek Road and through Gate 28 onto a grassy secondary road that passes two ponds. At the dead-end, turn right to exit at Gate 31 onto the Dixie Mainline. Turn right to return to Salt Creek Road.
A well-maintained loop that passes through brackish marsh where you are likely to see herons and fiddler crabs.
Enter at Gate 38 near the end of Cabin Road and follow the wide grassy road until it ends at a brackish marsh. Turn right onto a hard sandy road to exit at Gate 37, then turn right onto Cabin Road to return to your vehicle.
This trail gets its name from three gates at the end of Pond 4 Road that form a ‘turkey foot.’ Wide and grassy, the trail is blazed yellow.
Start the trail at Gate 28. At the first fork look for long-leaf pines and wiregrass that were planted when the area was restored to native habitat in 2013. Turn right to Pond 5—one of many borrow pits dug prior to Refuge management when timber companies needed material to build roads.
Turkey Foot is a good area to spot birds, butterflies and wildflowers. Swallow-tailed kites are frequently seen during their spring breeding season.