Palm Bluff Conservation Area is located in Volusia County off of CR 415 about 3.25 miles north of Osteen. The 3,321 acre property has eight distinct natural communities and protects more than 2 miles of Deep Creek. This large tributary empties into the St. Johns River just downstream of Lake Harney.
Much of the property is within the wetlands surrounding the St. Johns River and is managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District. Like many of the District's lands, Palm Bluff Conservation Area is open to the public for activities compatible with conservation. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, primitive tent camping and picnicking are allowed within the conservation area.
The variety of habitats within the conservation area support a wide variety of birds and wildlife. Visitors may catch a glimpse of many species including bluebirds, brown-headed nuthatch, turkeys, wading birds and raptors. Trails through the property are well-marked and easy to traverse. Occasional flooding may close the Red trail near the creek crossing.
Visitors will find a one-mile White blaze trail loop, a two-mile Yellow blaze trail loop (off of the Red blaze trail) and a six-mile Red blaze trail for hiking, biking or horseback riding. Equestrians frequent the trails and trail etiquette follows that hikers yield to equestrians, and bicyclists yield to both. Hikers and bicyclists should let a horse and rider know of your presence so not to frighten horses or riders.
Entry to Palm Bluff Conservation Area is free. There are no amenities at the parking area. A kiosk is located at the trail head containing trail maps and trail information such as sections closed due to flooding. A cabin shelter is located at the Deep Creek crossing.
Campers will find group campsite near the entrance that is available for use by reservation only. For more information about Palm Bluff Conservation Area visit their website.