No Daily-Use Permit currently required.


Amenities include a parking area and covered picnic area.

Public Access

Vehicles, bicycles and horses are not permitted. There is one entrance, with parking. Dogs are not permitted on this site.


Located in Gilchrist County, approximately 11 miles northwest of Newberry, 12 miles northeast of Trenton and 10 miles east of Bell. From Newberry, travel north on US 27 for 5.6 miles and turn left onto CR 232. Travel about 5 miles and turn right (north) onto SE 65th Ave. Go 1.5 miles and watch for the entrance on the right (east) side of road.


Additional wildlife viewing sites located within 15 miles of Bell Ridge:

Watermelon Pond Wildlife and Environmental Area, Lafayette Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area, Goethe State Forest, Fanning Springs State Park, Andrews Wildlife Management Area, San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park, O’Leno State Park, River Rise Preserve State Park, and Ichetucknee Springs State Park.

Nearest Cities/Towns

Trenton, 12 miles southwest; Bell, 10 miles east; High Springs, 7.5 miles northeast, Newberry, 7.5 miles southeast; Gainesville, 23 miles southeast; Chiefland, 21.5 miles southwest.

FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes, the tallest of North American birds, stand nearly 5 feet tall. Their wingspan measures between 7 and 8 feet.

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