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Mallory Swamp ATV Trail

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Alt Names

Lafayette County, Mallory Swamp Wildlife Management Area

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

This area of the Mallory Swamp Wildlife Management Area has about 35 miles of designated ATV trails. The trails are better described as roads that are mostly wide and flat with some occasional loose sand. The main staging area is a grassy parking lot with some shade under a large oak tree but there are no other services and cell phone coverage is spotty.

Visitors should be careful when using a GPS tool for driving directions here because this method can take you through some backwoods roads that are narrow and overgrown or muddy, leading you a long way just to find a locked gate, especially if you are coming from the eastern or central part of Florida. The best way to reach the staging area we've found is to navigate to the town of Mayo first, then take SR-51 south to County Road 360.

The trails are open daily for riding except during hunting season which generally runs from September through April. Exact dates vary so call before you haul.

There is no fee but a daily use permit is required which simply means you will have to fill out one of the blue forms found at the kiosk at the main staging area (bring a pen). For more information you can call (386) 362-1001.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityMayo, FL
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From: Gainesville, FL
1) Take SR-27 west about 40 miles
2) Turn left (south) onto SR-51/Fletcher Street, continue about 3 miles
3) Turn left (east) onto CR-360, continue about 18 miles (pavement will end and turn to dirt, also you will see a sign for Mallory Swamp Wildlife Management Area)
4) Continue straight onto dirt road, proceed 2.7 miles
5) Veer left at the fork, continue 2 miles
6) Veer right at the fork, continue 1.6 miles (follow the signs for ATV Parking)
7) Turn left (east) onto dirt road, continue 2.3 miles toward staging area.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandState Forest

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles48
Miles Of Trail35
Climate TypeSwamp
Elevation60 to 90 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has no rocks.None
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis state forest has mostly roads.Mostly
ShadeThis state forest has few shaded areas.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesSpecial Use Authorization Permit
Dates OpenApril through late September
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (86 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedmotorcycles must be street legal
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Swamp Buggy
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 16 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingNo
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
AlcoholProhibited
FireworksProhibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.
CommentFlorida law requires OHVs to be titled when operating on public land. Proof of ownership is required when operating machines.

FEES & PASSES

Parking ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (SE)North Florida Regional Medical Center (352) 333-4000
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NE)BP Gas Station (386) 935-2359
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NE)BP Gas Station (386) 935-2359
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (E)Ellie Rays RV Resort and Lounge (386) 935-9518
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (E)Ellie Rays RV Resort and Lounge (386) 935-9518
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (E)Ellie Rays RV Resort and Lounge (386) 935-9518
Primitive Camping CampgroundMayo, FL
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NE)BP Gas Station (386) 935-2359
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (NE)Branford Spring (386) 935-1146
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (NE)Ivey Memorial Park Boat Ramp (386) 935-1146

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoSuwannee River Water Management District
9225 CR 49
Live Oak, FL 32060
(386) 362-1001
(800) 226-1066
recreation@srwmd.state.fl.us
www.srwmd.state.fl.us

GPS POINTS

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Mallory Swamp Trail Photo

Mallory Swamp ATV Trail

This area is mostly made up of flat and wide trails. This is the place to go if you are looking for an easy day ride.

Mallory Swamp Trail Photo

Mallory Swamp ATV Trail

The main staging area has a large shade tree, grassy parking and a kiosk. The daily use permits can be found here.

Mallory Swamp Trail Photo

Mallory Swamp ATV Trail

This photo sums up the area. Shade is sparse and the temperature gets hot and humid during the summer months.

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Mallory Swamp ATV Trail

The swamp consists of various pine and cypress trees.

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Mallory Swamp ATV Trail

The kiosk at the main staging area has a trail map of the area.

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A view of the daily use permit.

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This sign marks the entrance into the Mallory Swamp. Veer right at the fork.

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This is another view of the ranger station.

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Mallory Swamp ATV Trail

This is the ranger station located just a short distance past the Mallory Swamp entrance sign. It appears to be vacant during the summer months.

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Mallory Swamp ATV Trail

The ATV trail is marked and is located just past the main staging area.

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Mallory Swamp ATV Trail

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Mallory Swamp ATV Trail

Follow the signs to the main staging area.

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The main entrance road is marked with signs.

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