Cedar Key Florida horse boarding

Salt marshes on the Gulf of Mexico in the Cedar Key area give way to a succession of swamps, hardwood forests, pine flatwoods and scrub, providing splendid opportunities for nature study and wildlife observation. The scrub is dominated by species such as sand live oak, myrtle oak, and Chapman's oak, along with rusty lyonia, and saw palmetto.

Cedar Key Scrub Preserve, part of the Florida State Park system.
Birders may find the endangered Florida Scrub Jay, the Southern Bald Eagle, and other various species.

Hikers, horseback riders and off-road bicyclists who want to experience a mosaic of Florida habitats will find it on the miles of trails that wind through the park. The shallow waters and numerous creeks near the salt marshes are ideal for canoeing and kayaking. Rental kayaks are available in the town of Cedar Key. The park is located on SR 24, six miles east of Cedar Key, and has a picnic shelter, tables, and grills.

The somewhat over 5000 acre reserve contains a variety of important habitats including salt marsh, pine flatwoods, and sand pine scrub. The park is one of Florida's few where elevations reach well above sea level. This remains true for most of Cedar Key Scrub with the exception of the northwest area that is graced with a 30-foot relic dune supporting both sand pine scrub and scrubby flatwoods. Bird-watchers should note that these are the necessary habitats for the threatened Florida Scrub Jay.

The trails total approximately 12 miles and are open to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. The reserve is divided into an eastern portion and western portion, divided by County Road 347. The eastern side has four miles of trail and the western side has eight miles. Besides trail use, visitors come here to picnic, nature study and observe wildlife.

A small picnic area with a waterless composting toilet is located at the trail head on the eastern portion of the reserve on SR 24. A picnic shelter, picnic tables, grills, and informational kiosk are also located in this area. The trailhead has a stabilized parking area to accommodate about 15 vehicles. There is also parking at another trailhead on CR 347 but no facilities.

Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The area offers a great warm escape for outdoor recreation during the cold northern months. Summer temperatures average in the 80's Fahrenheit. Winters are mild with temperatures averaging between the 40's and the 50's/ However temperatures can get quite a bit colder for short periods during cold fronts, so do bring warm clothes. The average precipitation for the north central area is diverse. The central western area receives more than 60 inches per year while the central eastern tract receives about 50 inches. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30 and can bring heavy rains near storms, however hurricanes and tropical storms always have plenty of warning.