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Watermelon Pond Wildlife and Environmental Area

Thing To Do

Enjoy archery and small game hunts, wildlife viewing and a multi-use trail system that connects to the adjacent Goethe State Forest.

Wildlife

Watermelon Pond is home to gopher tortoises, Bachman’s sparrows, fox squirrels and eastern indigo snakes.

Habitat and Management

Cattle pastures are being restored with the longleaf pine that once thrived here.

History

Watermelon Pond was acquired by the state in 2007 through the gopher tortoise mitigation program.

Planning Your Visit

Watermelon Pond is within the city limits of Newberry; 18 miles south of Gainesville.

 

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