In a nod to the region’s high biodiversity, Price’s Scrub State Park was acquired by the state for preservation in 2002.
Along with Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and Goethe State Forest, this property is an element of a conservation project known as the North Marion Greenway.
Miles of multi-use trails provide opportunity to explore the natural scenery on foot, bicycle, or horseback.
Resources for exploring the area
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Length: 2.7 mile loop
Trailhead: 29.455491, -82.281026
Address: 9555 NW Highway 320, Micanopy
Restrooms: Portable toilet at trailhead
Land managers: Florida State Parks
Open 8 AM to sunset. Dogs are allowed on a leash.
From Interstate 75 at Micanopy, head west on CR 234 for 3.5 miles before turning left onto NW Hwy 320. In 1.9 miles, the park entrance is located on the left side of the road.
Starting at the parking area, head north though a fence gap, reaching an intersection of trails in less than a hundred feet.
Turn right, following a wide sandy pathway for a short distance before the trail bends to the left, entering a forest of pond pine.
Saw palmettos and fetterbush lyonia carpet the open pine savanna, accented with wildflowers sporting vibrant seasonal blooms.
Goldenrod and blazing stars accent the woodlands in yellow and purple in the fall, and hairy laurels produce small pink flowers resembling mountain laurels found further north.
Reaching a trail junction at 0.3 mile, turn left to follow a grassy corridor northward. Scrub oaks and sand pine begin to dot the landscape.
The distinctive aroma of vanillaleaf fills the air. In 0.4 mile, make a right towards the “E” trail loop.
Grass gives way to bright white sugar sand while the path leads into a distinctive scrubby flatwoods habitat.
Clusters of reindeer moss emerge from a leaf-covered forest floor alongside dense groups of myrtle oak and lyonia.
Curious bunches of candyroot dot the ground, distinguished by their sage-colored leaves and fluffy lemon-yellow flowers.
In a short distance, turn to the right to begin the loop in a counterclockwise direction.
Scrubby features become less evident as the trail winds to the north. Sand live oaks draped with Spanish moss arch over the trail.
Shining sumac sprouts from the brush with leaves that turn deep red in the wintertime.
The trail has potential to be soggy on western side of the loop as it skirts a line of mesic flatwoods surrounding a bayhead.
Soft clusters of sphagnum moss blanket the lower spots as bay trees and ferns flank the path.
Drier conditions return where the trail continues southward, with an occasional Chapman’s oak or sand pine sapling growing from sandy terrain.
Returning to the beginning of the loop in 1.3 miles, retrace your steps southward towards the entrance, reaching the trailhead after another 0.7 mile.
A walk through Price’s Scrub State Park
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