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Davenport Landing Trail


Davenport Landing Trail

Davenport Landing Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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This 1.2 mile round-trip interpretive hiking trail leads to a former 19th century steamboat port, 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 a Civil War-era gravesite.

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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: Salt Springs is south along SR 19.
Water: None
Restroom: None
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General Information


FR 74 may be deeply rutted in places and full of puddles after a rain.


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.


Parking is at an open area adjoining a gate blocking access to an old road.



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Nature Viewing

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Viewing Plants

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.

Outdoor Learning

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Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
1.2 mile round-trip


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