The Park & Preserve are officially open!
Park hours are dawn to dusk. The house on the park side, dedicated as the Kathy Cantwell Education Center, is now available for private rentals. To book your event, contact Ellen Vause, Hawthorne City Manager, at 352-481-2432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preserve provides public trails for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding.
• The trails are unpaved, and in some places can be muddy, uneven, or wet.
• Dogs are welcome.
• Preserve closes at dark.
FLOC’s mission is to promote community partnerships for the appreciation of natural and cultural resources through conservation, recreation, art and environmental education.
The Little Orange Creek Nature Park is owned by The City of Hawthorne, managed by Putnam Land Conservancy (PLC), and supported by Friends of Little Orange Creek (FLOC). The property was acquired through a Florida Communities Trust grant that was written by Putnam Land Conservancy.
The park is located about 1.3 miles east of Hawthorne on Route 20. There are 65 beautiful rolling acres on the south side of CR 20, including a 5500 square foot home which will be used for environmental educational classes, rented for weddings, family reunions and other events. On the north side of the property on SR 20 is 1200+ acres with planned activities such as hiking, horseback riding, birding, 3D archery and more!
The park is not yet open to the public. We are still in the planning process, and funds are needed for permits and engineering plans before the park can officially open. FLOC is working diligently, along with Putnam Land Conservancy and the City of Hawthorne to help the process move forward and to enhance the park in the interim.
We hope that you will consider joining us in bringing this exciting project to fruition. We invite you to become a member of our friends group. You can help us by volunteering at the property itself, by donating items on our wish list, and of course by donating the funds needed for getting the building open and accessible to the public.
We hope that the vision we have for Little Orange Creek Nature Park will inspire those of you who have not yet become involved. And, we are very appreciative to those of you who have already given, and continue to give of your time and financial resources.