Located in southwest Leesburg, Flat Island Preserve is a 2,300-acre conservation area that protects two beautiful wooded islands, Flat Island and Magnolia Island, and the wetlands surrounding them.
The Daubenmire Trail, a 3.7-mile network of loops named after Dr. Rexford Daubenmire, a botany professor, takes hikers through lush hardwood hammocks and uplands on the island surrounded by the Okahumpa Marsh.
Primitive camping is available by permit only at three locations within the preserve. Deposits are required for canoe use or camping
- At the western end of the main loop trail
- A group primitive campsite, by the parking area and restrooms
- Magnolia Island, which can only be accessed by canoe or kayak.
To obtain a primitive camping permit call (352)324-6141
The location of Flat Island Preserve is 2388 Owens Rd, Leesburg, FL 34748. Hours are from 8 AM to sunset, unless you have a permit for camping. Dogs, bicycles, and equestrians are not permitted.