Fort White Wildlife and Environmental Area


From well-managed uplands of pine and oak to shady forests bordering the spring-fed Santa Fe River, Fort White’s habitats and wildlife appeal to a broad range of recreationists.  



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Things to do

Hunt, fish along the banks of the Santa Fe River, launch canoes or kayaks for river exploration or hike trails through sandhills, hardwood hammock and floodplain forest. read more »


This area is the domain of gopher tortoises, Sherman's fox squirrels and a variety of resident and migratory birds, as well as deer, turkey and other game species. read more »

Habitat and Management

Fort White's natural features include hardwood forests along the Santa Fe River and expansive longleaf pine sandhills habitat.  read more »


The site is the original location of Fort White, a military outpost operated during Florida's territorial period. read more »

Planning Your Visit

Fort White WEA comprises more than 1600 acres and is located about 4 miles west of the town of Fort White.  read more »


FWC Facts:
The crested caracara is a resident of the prairies and range lands of south-central Fla. This boldly patterned raptor has a crest, naked face, heavy bill and longish neck and legs.

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