Outdoor Recreation
COTTON TRAIL

If you want to quickly step back into history, visit the Cotton Trail on The Old Magnolia Rd. It is still there trailing from eastern Leon into Jefferson County. It still has a historic look and feel. The red clay road is cut deeply into the banks by decades of travel by foot and wagons, not by bull-dozers.

In some places, the road is significantly below the banks. Magnificent ancient trees have claimed their place in the sun by stretching their limbs across the ancient pathway in arched canopy displays.

DIRECTIONS:
Take the Route 90 East Exit from I-10 and head toward Monticello. Just beyond eight miles from the exit, turn left onto Old Magnolia Road. (On your right is a turn onto Route 59.)

Photography Credits: Suzanne Murphy

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ENJOY THE OUTDOORS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

The abundance of forests, fields, rivers, and springs offer many opportunities for sports and recreation in Jefferson County. Hike our wooded trails as part of the state-wide 1,400 mile-long Florida National Scenic Trail that passes through the very southern tip of Jefferson County and follows along the Aucilla River. Bike tours are very popular in Jefferson County with miles of scenic country roads shaded by Live Oaks and forests. The Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center welcomes youth groups for events that promote appreciation for the outdoors. Birding enthusiasts will delight in the many acres of protected conservation areas found in Jefferson County. St. Marks Wildlife Refuge toward the coast is part of the extensive Florida Birding Trail.

Thousands of acres at local plantations and parks offer many seasonal hunting expeditions. Hunting on these plantations is usually done on horseback or in the comfort of one of the horse-drawn hunting hacks. Jefferson County offers some of the best hunting for quail, deer, dove and wild turkey. Each January the internationally-recognized Continental Field Trial Championships are held at Dixie Plantation. This is part of the bird dog field trial competition's Triple Crown, so to speak, and brings bird dogs and their hopeful owners and trainers from far and wide. Lake Miccosukee is a popular spot for duck hunting and seasonal fishing.

Jefferson County's rivers and springs attract recreational fisherman from around the state. The Aucilla and Wacissa Rivers pass through the 42.532-acre Aucilla Wildlife Management Area. Many camps and rustic resorts provide accommodations and boating services for Lake Miccosukee, the St. Marks River, and the Wacissa River. Canoeing and boating are very popular along the Aucilla River that runs from the Georgia border all the way to the Gulf on the east border of the county.

Beyond the woodlands, the County provides recreation for many sports. Golf, a popular sport in Florida, is enjoyed at the Jefferson Country Club near downtown Monticello. Regional karting enthusiasts rev the engines at the Monticello Karting and Race Club which hosted the Easykart Grand Finals 2009. 

Biking
BUSINESS NAMEPHONEEMAIL
Capital City Cyclists 850-510-5575  
Electric City Wheels and Grinds 850-9972345  
St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge 850-925-6121 saintmarks@fws.gov
Boating/Padding
BUSINESS NAMEPHONEEMAIL
Econfina River Resort 850-584-2135  
St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge 850-925-6121 saintmarks@fws.gov
Wacissa River Canoe & Kayak Rentals 850-997-5023  wrcr@embarqmail.com
Birding
BUSINESS NAMEPHONEEMAIL
Apalachee Audubon    
Dixie Plantation 850-997-1957  dixie@ttrs.org
Econfina River Resort 850-584-2135  
St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge 850-925-6121 saintmarks@fws.gov
Willow Pond 850-222-4400  
Hunting/Fishing
BUSINESS NAMEPHONEEMAIL
Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center 850/413-0084  pam@btycc.org
Econfina River Resort 850-584-2135  
Lake Miccosukee 850-265-3677  
Orvis Wingshooting Schools -Mays Pond    
St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge 850-925-6121 saintmarks@fws.gov
Two Beard Farm and Kennels 850-933-5171  
Willow Pond 850-222-4400 info@willowpondplantation.com
Parks
BUSINESS NAMEPHONEEMAIL
Boots Thomas Veterans Memorial    
College Park 850-342-0287  
Jefferson County Recreation Park 850-342-0287  
Letchworth Mounds Archaeological State Park    
Wacissa Springs Park 850-342-0287 wrcr@embarqmail.com 
Racing
BUSINESS NAMEPHONEEMAIL
Monticello Karting 850-510-4188 gm@monticwllokarting.com
Golfing
BUSINESS NAMEPHONEEMAIL
Jefferson Country Club 850-997-5484 d.jackson@gamefxnation.com