When hunting in the Econfina Creek WMA, a quota permit is required during archery, muzzleloading gun, mobility-impaired, general gun and spring turkey season. Camping is allowed with landowner permit. Recreational access is allowed.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says that the Econfina Creek WMA is Managed in cooperation with the Northwest Florida Water Management District.
This nearly 41,000-acre area in Washington and Bay counties runs 14 miles along the course of Econfina Creek and also encompasses mile after mile of xeric sandhill uplands with dozens of shallow, clear sand-bottomed lakes. These uplands recharge the springs that feed the creek.
Most of the area was planted with commercial stands of non-native sand and slash pine, which are being harvested and restored to longleaf pine and wiregrass habitat. Along the creek hardwood forests and hammocks grow above fern-covered limestone bluffs and outcrops. In the spring, visitors will see blooming dogwoods, red buds, mountain laurel, wild azaleas, Carolina silverbells, Ashe and pyramid magnolias, and Florida anise.
Recreational activities available on this area include seasonal hunting (brochure), fishing, hiking (a 14 mile segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail traverses the WMA), horseback riding on designated trails (Pine Ridge Equestrian Trail, Wolf Pond Equestrian Trail, and other trails being developed), swimming, primitive and group camping, birding and paddling.
Information on primitive camping and group camping is available at Northwest Florida Water Management District or by telephoning (850) 539-5999. The Econfina is a state designated canoe trail with launches located at Scotts Road (upper creek), Walsingham Bridge (middle creek) and Highway 20 (lower creek). The canoe trail contains numerous âchutesâ on the upper creek with springs and limestone rock outcrops occurring on the lower creek between Highway 20 and Highway 388. The upper portion of the creek is especially strenuous and should only be attempted by experienced canoeists.
Summer tanagers, warblers, wild turkeys and numerous raptor species, including bald eagles, kestrels, hawks and osprey are common along the Econfina. The short nature trail at Pitt Spring is an excellent spot for bird watching. This area is a site on the Great Florida Birding Trail.