Sunnyhill Restoration Area Blue House Trailhead
This restoration area was purchased to restore wetland functions on more than 2,800 acres of the historic Ocklawaha River floodplain. An old farmhouse, known as the Blue House, was constructed in the 1930s and is still found on the property. In 2016, the district opened the South Tract, providing an additional 3,400 acres to the public, with 7 miles of new hiking and biking trails and additional parking.
The property features picnic and primitive camping sites, boat launches and an observation platform. Visitors may also enjoy about 20 miles of trails that traverse multiuse trails throughout the two tracts that make up this property.
One of the special highlights of this property is the marked trail system taking you along levees through the former farms within the Ocklawaha River floodplain where you will see sandhill crane and American alligators. Also take a walk through cool shaded oak hammocks near and along the historic channel of the Ocklawaha River. Climb the observation tower for expansive views across the marsh with ample opportunities to view many species of wading birds and waterfowl.