Managed in cooperation with
Florida Forest Service
Cary WMA is located west of Jacksonville in Nassau and Duval counties and consists of 11,319 acres of forested uplands and swamps. This area is managed for many uses including hunting, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, camping, hiking, biking, environmental education and picnicking. Horseback riding, hiking and biking are allowed on most forest roads. There are two designated equestrian trails and one hiking trail. Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when horseback riding on public lands. For more detailed information go to Nicole's Law . All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands. For hunting purposes, centerfire rifles are not allowed on the area. Three primitive campsites are located on Cary WMA within the Closed to Hunting area. A restroom facility with showers is provided for campers and day use visitors. A State Forest Use Permit is required for camping. Reservations are recommended since campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can obtain a State Forest Use Permit and make reservations by contacting Cary State Forest. A 1.2 mile nature trail and boardwalk winds through the flatwoods and a cypress swamp within the Closed to Hunting area. Along the nature trail, a wildlife opening attracts a variety of wildlife, particularly early in the morning and late in the evening. Wildlife species found on the forest include gopher tortoise, fox squirrel, turkey, bobcat, great horned owl , barred owl, feral hog, white-tailed deer, American alligator, pileated woodpecker, yellow-throated vireo and the pinewoods tree frog.
Rules Regarding Dogs
- For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed (except in areas posted as "CLOSED TO PETS" by the Florida Forest Service), but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.
- Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except that bird dogs are allowed during the small game season and waterfowl retrievers are allowed during the duck, geese and coot season. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.
Visit Florida Forest Service's information on Cary State Forest.
View FWC's Regulations Summary for Cary for an area map, hunting seasons, permits, fees, and area regulations.