Branan Field - Visitor Information


No Daily-Use Permit currently required.



Amenities on the area include parking and three miles of hiking trails.



In support of the resource management goals and objectives for the area and to provide a quality experience for all area users, the following recreation activities are allowed:

Wildlife Viewing

photo of brown-headed nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch

Wildlife viewing is good year-round and hikes along the area's trails take visitors through restored pine flatwoods where numerous gopher tortoise burrows are easy to spot. A variety of resident and migratory birds are often seen.


Hikes are most pleasant in the cooler, winter months. A trail brochure, available near the parking area, describes the area's three-mile trail through restored pine flatwoods.


Public Access

Vehicles and bikes are not permitted on trails at Branan Field. There is one entrance, with limited parking, onto the public-use area.  Possession of dogs is prohibited.



Branan Field WEA is located on Branan Field Road. From the intersection of Interstate I-10 and Chaffee Road (CR 115C), go south on Chaffee Road for approximately 8 miles to Oak Leaf Plantation Road. Turn right (west) and go about ? mile and turn right onto Cecil Connector Road. Go 0.6 miles and turn left on Branon field road, go 1 miles and turn left into the Branan Field entrance.

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Additional wildlife viewing sites in the vicinity.

Jennings State Forest


Nearest Cities/Towns

Orange Park (seven miles east), Jacksonville (13 miles northeast)

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