Davenport Landing Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Enjoy a 1.2-mile round-trip interpretive hiking trail that leads to a former 19th century steamboat port. This location is where riverboats headed up to Silver Springs would stop for fuel. Along the way, you'll learn about middens along the Ocklawaha River and encounter the Civil War-era gravesite of Thomas Cassidy Fillyaw. 

The Davenport Landing Trail leads into a lush river bottom forest with many colorful wildflowers during the spring and summer months. In late fall and early winter, sweetgum and red maple trees turn bright hues of crimson and gold and shed their leaves across the landscape.

Boating

  • Paddle your canoe or kayak across the beautiful waters of Davenport Lading in search of a quiet spot along the shoreline. 

Fishing

  • Sitting along the Ocklawaha River, this is the perfect location to cast a line from the shallows for a chance to catch that big one. Just keep an eye out for any alligators that may be roaming the area. 

Hiking

  • The Davenport Landing Trail is a 0.6-mile interpretive walk to a former steamboat landing along the Ocklawaha River (1.2 mile round-trip). Since it is within the river's floodplain area, expect a high concentration of mosquitoes and dress / prepare accordingly.

Interpretive Area 

  • In addition to leading you to the site of a historic steamboat landing, interpretive information along the Davenport Landing Trail includes middens along the Ocklawaha River from the Timucuan period as well as a Civil War-era gravesite.

Primitive Camping 

  • Many people enjoy this solitude and primitive experience, but knowing your limits, skills and abilities is a must. Following certain rules and regulations will help make your experience safer and ensure settings remain unspoiled.  

At a Glance

Current Conditions: During the summer months, the trail may be somewhat overgrown.
Operational Hours: Dawn to dusk
Fees Free
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Pack it in, pack it out. Leave archaeological artifacts undisturbed.
Closest Towns: The community of Salt Springs is to the south, with groceries, gas and hardware. Palatka, a small city and county seat of Putnam County, is to the north. Both are along SR 19.
Information Center:
  • Connectivity to the Ocklawaha Paddling Trail (Putnam County)
  • Learn about Thomas Cassidy Fillyaw, landing master at Davenport Landing and Confederate soldier buried at the site (Fillyaw Family History)

General Information

Directions:

From SR 19 at the Johnson's Field boat ramp into the Ocklawaha River, turn west and drive along FR 74 - a narrow, unimproved road - to the parking area, an open space before you reach the Davenport Landing primitive campsite.


General Notes:

Licenses and Passes 

Boating 

  • Boating in the National Forests in Florida is regulated by the state of Florida. Please visit our boating web page before you grab your personal floatation device and head out onto the water.  

Camping – Dispersed/Primitive Camping 

  • Many people enjoy this solitude and primitive experience, but knowing your limits, skills and abilities is a must. Following certain rules and regulations will help make your experience safer and ensure settings remain unspoiled.  

Fishing 


General Notes:

Since Devenport Landing is within the river's floodplain area, expect a high concentration of mosquitoes and dress / prepare accordingly. The trail by Davenport Landing leads into a lush river bottom forest with many colorful wildflowers during the spring and summer months. In late fall and early winter, sweetgum and red maple trees turn bright hues of crimson and gold and shed their leaves across the landscape.

Licenses and Passes

Boating 

  • Boating in the National Forests in Florida is regulated by the state of Florida. Please visit our boating web page before you grab your personal floatation device and head out onto the water.  

Camping – Dispersed/Primitive Camping 

  • Many people enjoy this solitude and primitive experience, but knowing your limits, skills and abilities is a must. Following certain rules and regulations will help make your experience safer and ensure settings remain unspoiled.  

Fishing 


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  Latitude : 
29.4723

  Longitude : 
-81.7737

 



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