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Horse Activities in Bronson

Bronson

Black Prong Equestrian CenterBlack Prong Equestrian Center
450 SE CR 337
(352) 486-1234

Long known as a place for horse enthusiasts, the Black Prong Equestrian Center is now known as Black Prong Equestrian Village, according to letterhead from its new owners 6851 LLC, which has Reid Nagle of Morriston listed as its manager, according to information from the Florida Secretary of State.

The limited liability corporation recently took ownership of the Black Prong.

In its cover letter applying for a special exception, the 6851 LLC noted the following, which includes a three-phase development plan over the next five years.

“Our goal is to make Black Prong a year-round epicenter for equine events in the area, starting with the current remodel and expansion project for pavilion area. To further our initial renovations, we want to add facilities and structures that will help accommodate the various events that we plan to host:

  • 37 to 40 RV sites with water, sewer and 50-amp electric service, some with roofs (or rooves) over them;
  • A 10- to 15-room bed and breakfast facility;
  • Five separate horse barns without apartments to accommodate horse brought by even competitors and guests saying in the RV spaces or bed and breakfast;
  • Four additional horse barns with two apartments and stalls attached;
  • A covered 120-foot by 120-foot tennis and pickleball court;
  • A covered arena, approximately 175-feet by 379-feet;
  • Two or three octagon-shaped fire pits;
  • A cottage to be used by wedding parties;
  • An additional restroom facility;
  • More square-footage added to five existing barns with living quarters; and
  • Renovations and added square-footage to an existing bath house.
  • The first phase of the plan shows a start soon and completion of the following projects to be set for November of this year.
  • Adding 10-15 RV sites, some covered;
  • Adding a barn without apartments for RV sites;
  • One octagon fire pit;
  • Remodel and add square-footage to five existing apartments and barns; and
  • Renovation and addition of square-footage to the existing bath house.

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Trails for hiking, horseback riding, bird and wildlife viewing

Devil’s Hammock Wildlife Management Area
(352) 486-5127
Levy County & Suwannee River Water Management District managed property
Levy County Parks and Recreation:
www.levycounty.org
Management Area allows: Driving tour, Hiking, Biking, Horseback riding, Swimming, Picnicking, Wildlife viewing, Nature photography, Hunting (seasonal)
Hunting information contact: Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at www.myfwc.com for information on hunting seasons and rules.

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Goethe State ForestGoethe State Forest
9110 S.E. County Road 337, Dunnellon, FL 34431
(352) 465-8585
The Goethe Trail System extends throughout the forest with access available at three separate trailheads. The forest is open during daylight hours for visitors to enjoy horseback riding, hiking, bicycling, fishing or wildlife viewing.

Trailheads Within Goethe State Forest

Apex Trailhead
CR 337; South of SR 121
(352) 465-8585

Black Prong Trailhead
Off of CR 337 near CR326
(352) 465-8585

Tidewater Trailhead
Bottom of CR 337; Before CR 336
(352) 465-8585
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Horse Activities in Cedar Key

Cedar Key

Cedar Ridge RanchCedar Ridge Ranch
13950 SW 77th Place
904-887-6902 or 352-325-0305
Horse boarding near Cedar Key. Trail Riding.

Providing a safe and secure location for weekend and year-round boarding of horses in a setting that provides direct access to 12 marked and numerous unmarked scenic trails of the Cedar Key State Scrub Reserve’s 5,000 acres, part of the Florida State Park system. We provide (4) 16×12 and (2) 12×12 uncovered panel stalls, each with a 4 foot entry gate.
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Trails for hiking, horseback riding, bird and wildlife viewing

Cedar Key Scrub State ReserveCedar Key Scrub State Reserve
Trails to horseback ride with your own horse
Salt marshes on the Gulf of Mexico 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. Hikers 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 canoes and kayaks are available in the city of Cedar Key. For more information on horseback riding trails click on link below and look under Equestrian tab.

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Horse Activities in Chiefland

Trails for hiking, horseback riding, bird and wildlife viewing

Nature Coast State TrailNature Coast State Trail
(352) 535-5181
Almost 32 miles of paved trail beckon bicyclists, walks, hikers and horseback riders as the trail winds through changing landscapes. Trailheads allow access in Chiefland, Fanning Springs, Trenton, and Cross City. The Chiefland trailhead is located at the Chiefland Railroad Depot just two blocks from downtown.

The paved trail crosses the historic Suwannee River, (between Fanning Springs and Old Town), over the original train trestle, providing a beautiful scenic and peaceful view of the river, definitely a “must see” experience.
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Horse Activities in Fanning Springs

Trails for hiking, horseback riding, bird and wildlife viewing

Andrews Wildlife Management AreaAndrews Wildlife Management Area
(352) 493-6020 or (386) 758-0525
This management area features one of the largest remaining hardwood hammock forests, as well as 800 acres of river bottomland bordering the Suwannee River. Nearby slash pine plantations are being converted to longleaf pine to improve habitat for wildlife. There are six walking nature trails, as well as several narrow dirt roads. Five clearings have been planted with grass and grains to attract wildlife.

Travel north of Chiefland on U.S. Highway 19 for 4.7 miles. Turn left onto County Road 211 and drive 0.9 mile to entrance kiosk. Management Area allows: Hiking, Wildlife observation, Observation platforms, Hunting, and Nature photography. Management Area runs along the Historic Suwannee River in Levy County.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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Nature Coast State TrailNature Coast State Trail
(352) 535-5181
Almost 32 miles of paved trail beckon bicyclists, walks, hikers and horseback riders as the trail winds through changing landscapes. Trailheads allow access in Chiefland, Fanning Springs, Trenton, and Cross City. The Chiefland trailhead is located at the Chiefland Railroad Depot just two blocks from downtown.

The paved trail crosses the historic Suwannee River, (between Fanning Springs and Old Town), over the original train trestle, providing a beautiful scenic and peaceful view of the river, definitely a “must see” experience.
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Horse Activities in Inglis

Trails for hiking, horseback riding, bird and wildlife viewing

Inglis Island ParkInglis Island Park
(352) 447-1720
Scenic trails await exploration through a landscape of cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, and pine woods. Get a look of Lake Rousseau at the overlook. Entrance is south of the Withlacoochee River.
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Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway
(352) 447-1720
This 110-mile linear park was created from the aborted project that once called for a barge canal to be cut across the state of Florida. Today hikers, walkers, bicyclists and horseback riders take advantage of the many opportunities for outdoor recreation.
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Horse Activities in Yankeetown

Horse Activities in Other Areas in Levy County

North Star Acres
9950 SE 125th Ct
Dunnellon, FL 34431
352-489-9848
Ride with veteran horsewoman Roberta Cogswell on guided trail trips through the unspoiled flatwoods of Goethe State Forest. Trail horses are provided or bring your own.
Goethe State forest has nearly 55000 acres with more than 100 miles of marked trails and many more that are not marked in the tall pine forests. There are also many other trail heads within a 50 mile radius.

Long & Short Term Horse Bordering & Trailering
– 12′ x 12′ Bedded Stalls
– Camp Sites, some with Electric and Water
– Turn Out Paddocks, Large Field with Water for Riding Clubs and Large Groups
– Travel Trailer, Fully Furnished
– Use of Tented Pavillion
– Pets Welcome, Please Leash
– Veterinarian and Horse Shoer on Call

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Orange Blossom Trail Rides
10010 SE 125th Court
Dunnellon, Fl 34431
561-373-3952
We provide a top-notch trail riding experience through the Goethe State Forest with safe, sweet horses and friendly, professional guides. All riding levels are welcome, and our rides are suitable for ages 7 and up, $60/hour or $100/two hours. We have run a successful trail riding business in South Florida since 2007, and are excited to bring our wonderful team to Dunnellon and the magnificent Goethe State Forest! By appointment�please call, text, or book online at our website www.orangeblossomtrailrides.com.
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Trailhead Ranch Campground and Equestrian Park
(352) 465-8585
Horse camping, boarding and trails

Trailhead Ranch features real Florida ranch style horse lovers fun in the sun. The ranch is located adjacent to Goethe Forest Apex Trailhead providing direct access to over 120 miles of lush Florida forest trails for your riding pleasure.
Lighted Arena with Scheduled Week-End Horse Back Competitions, Games, and was centrally located to fishing, RV camping, campgrounds, hunting, golfing,
bird watching, water sports, theme parks and beautiful rivers.

Apex Trailhead
CR 337; South of SR 121
(352) 465-8585

Black Prong Trailhead
Off of CR 337 near CR326
(352) 465-8585

Tidewater Trailhead
Bottom of CR 337; Before CR 336
(352) 465-8585
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Goethe State ForestGoethe State Forest
9110 S.E. County Road 337, Dunnellon, FL 34431
(352) 465-8585
The Goethe Trail System extends throughout the forest with access available at three separate trailheads. The forest is open during daylight hours for visitors to enjoy horseback riding, hiking, bicycling, fishing or wildlife viewing.

Trailheads Within Goethe State Forest
Nature Coast State Trail
(352) 535-5181Nature Coast State Trail


Almost 32 miles of paved trail beckon bicyclists, walks, hikers and horseback riders as the trail winds through changing landscapes. Trailheads allow access in Chiefland, Fanning Springs, Trenton, and Cross City. The Chiefland trailhead is located at the Chiefland Railroad Depot just two blocks from downtown.

The paved trail crosses the historic Suwannee River, (between Fanning Springs and Old Town), over the original train trestle, providing a beautiful scenic and peaceful view of the river, definitely a “must see” experience.
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Levy County Visitors Bureau
Tisha Whitehurst, Executive Director
Levy County Film Commissioner
Levy County Visitors Bureau
607 SW 1st Avenue
Williston, Florida 32696
Office: (352) 528-4030
Toll Free: (877) 387-5673
Email: [email protected]