Nature walks on Feb. 2 will unveil Levy Prairie


Published: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

A celebration of the public opening of the Levy Prairie portion of the Barr Hammock Preserve is set for Feb. 2 at the preserve’s North Trailhead off Wacahoota Road.

After Feb. 2, the preserve will be open for hiking and biking on six and a half miles of established paths with scenic views of over 1,000 acres of marsh and wet prairie.

The celebration, set for 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 2 at Southeast 11th drive off Wacahoota Road, will introduce visitors to the preserve through a brief introductory talk and guided nature walks.

Barr Hammock Preserve was acquired through the Alachua County Forever program; the voter-approved initiative to acquire, improve and manage environmentally sensitive lands. A referendum passed in November 2000 empowered Alachua County Forever. It was funded again by the voters in 2008 with the Wild Spaces and Public Places Referendum.

Barr Hammock Levy Prairie was acquired in 2009 with funding from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Florida Communities Trust, and a donation from the Whitehurst Family.

To reach the North Trailhead, take U.S. 441 south to Wacahoota Road, then take Wacahoota Road west over I-75. At the first left after overpass, turn left onto Southeast 11th Drive. Head south on 11th Drive to the preserve trailhead/parking area.

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