Bell Ridge Longleaf Wildlife and Environmental Area
Visitors can hike the network of unpaved roads and enjoy wildlife viewing and the spectacular displays of fall wildflowers that follow spring burns.
Upland habitats sustain a sizable population of gopher tortoises as well as other protected species.
Resource management activities focus primarily on improving and maintaining critical habitats for several endangered and threatened wildlife species that occur here.
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.
Bell Ridge Longleaf WEA comprises 720 acres and is located about 23 miles northwest of Gainesville.