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Watermelon Pond Wildlife and Environmental Area

Things to do

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


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

Habitat and Management

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


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

Planning Your Visit

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


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