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Alexander Springs Wilderness

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Photograph taken in  the Alexander Springs Wilderness


The United States Congress designated the Alexander Springs Wilderness (map) in 1984 and it now has a total of 7,327 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Florida and is managed by the Forest Service. The Alexander Springs Wilderness is bordered by the Lake Woodruff Wilderness to the north and east.


Before reaching Lake Dexter, a bulge in the wide and easy-flowing St Johns River, Alexander Springs Creek makes its way through three miles of subtropical swamp Wilderness. The terrain varies from hardwood swamp to sand pine scrubland--emphasis on the former--with numerous small islands, larger Kimball Island, and several old Indian shell mounds. Keep an eye out for the alligators, deer, and colorful wading birds making their home here.

There are no trails or old roads in the area, so most visitors explore by boat. The paddling is easy and the view over the gunwale often extraordinary. You can rent a canoe at Alexander Springs Recreation Area but no haulback service is offered; this means you must paddle back upstream or haul your canoe back to the Recreation Area. The Florida Wilderness Act of 1984 allowed motorboats on Alexander Springs Creek, so be prepared to encounter motorized boats in this wilderness.

Planning to Visit the Alexander Springs Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Alexander Springs Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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