Little Orange Creek Nature Park and Preserve

PLC Partnerships and Updates

Grand Opening of Little Orange Creek Nature Park and Preserve occurred on January 22, 2017.

The Mayor, of Hawthorne, Matthew Currency with several dignitaries from local City and County government in attendance outlined the history and significance of the Park and Preserve to the local community. The Grand opening also included the dedication of the Environmental education center in the name of Dr. Kathy Cantwell of the Putnam Land Conservancy.

Little Orange Creek Nature Park and Preserve located 1.9 miles east of US301 on SR20, just east of the Putnam county line. The park entrance is 24115 SE Hawthorne Rd (SR20), Hawthorne, FL. 32640. Parking, Educational Center and short trails are located at the park. Future improvements on the park side slated for spring are; pavilion, outdoor restrooms, volleyball, horseshoes, and playground. The Education and Event Center will be available to rent.

The Preserve is locate to the north side on SR20. An entrance and park- ing area at the trail head is just east ofthe park entrance on the north side. The trail head parking area accommodates a grassed parking area for the trail that leads north for 2.2 miles ofrustic hiking trail. Overlooks and benches along the way give the hiker opportunities to stop and enjoy the flora and fauna that Little Orange Creek Nature Preserve has to offer. Restoration to natural habitat is currently being done on a 20 acre parcel. Long leaf pines will be planted and control burns will be ongoing during the restoration project. Additional trails and overlooks are planned as funds become available.