Bell Ridge Longleaf Wildlife and Environmental Area


Perched among the rolling sandhills of north central Florida, Bell Ridge Longleaf WEA is one of the highest quality longleaf pine sandhill forest tracts in Florida and home to rare and protected wildlife.



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Things to do

Visitors can hike the network of unpaved roads and enjoy wildlife viewing and the spectacular displays of fall wildflowers that follow spring burns.  read more »


Upland habitats sustain a sizable population of gopher tortoises as well as other protected species. read more »

Habitat and Management

Resource management activities focus primarily on improving and maintaining critical habitats for several endangered and threatened wildlife species that occur here.   read more »


Prior to its purchase by the state, Bell Ridge Longleaf WEA was managed as a conservation property by the previous landowner and as a preserve by The Nature Conservancy. read more »

Planning Your Visit

Bell Ridge Longleaf WEA comprises 720 acres and is located about 23 miles northwest of Gainesville.  read more »


FWC Facts:
Wildlife viewing in Florida supports 44,623 full- and part-time jobs.

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