Southwest Region

Southwest Recreation

The area designated as the southwest region includes portions of Taylor, Lafayette, DiYesie counties as they are encompassed by the Fenholloway and Suwannee rivers. The Steinhatchee River that begins in the wilds of Mallory Swamp and Steinhatchee Springs and winds leisurely through a flat woods ecosystem to the Gulf of Mexico.

Within the three tracts owned and managed by the District, the region offers opportunities to bike, fish, hike, horseback ride, hunt, and view wildlife. Excellent paddling opportunities are available at the numerous river access points.

The southwest is a remote and wilderness-like area. Here, access to District lands is limited due to the lack of roads and the swampy area.

District lands are numbered and circled in blue on the map above. Select one of these numbers or their corresponding links in the table below for a description and map of each tract.

TractATVsBikingFishingHikingHorseback RidingHuntingPicnicingSwimmingWildlife Viewing
1. Mallory SwampYesYesYesYesYesYesNoneNoneYes
2. R.O. RanchNoneNoneNoneYesYesNoneYesNoneYes
3. Steinhatchee SpringsNoneYesYesYesYesYesNoneNoneYes
4. Steinhatchee FallsNoneYesYesYesYesNoneYesNoneYes
4. Steinhatchee RiseNoneYesYesYesYesYesNoneNoneYes


  1. Goose Pasture Campground Closed for Camping

    Goose Pasture Campground on the Wacissa River in Jefferson County closes for camping during hunting season on November 5, 2021 and will reopen on January 24, 2022. Read On...
  2. Mallory Swamp ATV Trail

    Mallory Swamp ATV Trail closed for hunting season on September 13, 2021 and will reopen on April 30, 2022. Read On...
  3. McAlpin Landing Tract Closure

    Suwannee River Water Management District Land Management Staff has closed access to the McAlpin Landing Tract upon discovery of unsafe conditions on the access road. Read On...