The ecosystems on Cary State Forest are varied and include longleaf pine/wiregrass, mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, baygalls and cypress ponds. Other noted wildlife species found on the forest include: wild turkey, bobcat, great horned and barred owl, wild hog, white-tailed deer, pileated woodpecker, yellow-throated vireo and pinewood tree frog.
Cary State Forest is managed as a Wildlife Management Area by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. For specific regulations and dates on hunting, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at (904) 758-0525
Three primitive campsites are located on Cary State Forest. A restroom facility with showers is provided for campers and day use visitors. A State Forest Use Permit is required for use of all campsites. Reservations are recommended since campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can obtain a State Forest Use Permit and make reservations by telephoning Cary State Forest at 904/266-5021.
The S. Bryan Jennings Environmental Education Center was built and dedicated as an outdoor teaching pavilion in 1972 and is available for use by the public. The Division of Forestry uses the pavilion to enhance the education of school groups, boy scouts and other groups about forestry and the environment.
Cary State Forest is located in northeastern Florida near Jacksonville in Nassau and Duval Counties.
If you are coming from Jacksonville, take I-10 to the Baldwin/US 301 exit. From the exit at I-10, go north on US 301 through Baldwin to Bryceville. The entrance to Cary State Forest is on the east side of US 301, ? mile north of the Bryceville Fire Department.
The entrance is marked with a brown and yellow Department of Agriculture sign with a green and yellow Division of Forestry Shield hanging below it. Drive down the white lime rock lane to the parking area and kiosk.Contact us at:
Cary State Forest
7465 Pavilion RoadBryceville, Florida 32009904/266-5021 or 904/266-5022