All visitors wishing to see the Learning Center must contact us for an appointment.

10625 NE Waldo Rd
Gainesville, FL 32609

From I-75 Southbound: Take Exit 390 (FL-222/NW 39th Ave) East (almost 10 miles) to Waldo Road. Turn left (North); approximately 6 miles later, you’ll see a sign on the right-hand side indicating the Austin Cary Forest.

From I-75 Northbound: Take Exit 382 for FL-121/FL-331/Williston Road and turn left (North). Travel for 14.5 miles (approximately 20 minutes). Austin Cary Forest is on your right.

From I-10: Take Exit 343 (US 301) south. Continue south for approximately 36 miles through the cities of Starke and Waldo. At the exit for Gainesville, bear right onto FL-24/SW 4th Blvd/NE State Rd 24 Westbound and continue for 4 miles. Turn left at Austin Cary Forest.

There is a stone wall and a gate at the entrance to the Austin Cary Forest. Head straight through the gate and past the buildings and vehicles to Loop Road. Follow it around for about 1.5 miles, noting the signs to turn right towards Lake Mize. Parking is available in several areas.

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acf entrance


  • We need to encourage all our students and citizens to appreciate the value of forestry to our environment. This learning center can play a most important part in this endeavor.

    Vam York, 2013

  • As faculty and Director of SFRC, I marveled at the beauty of the forest and Lake Mize as background of the building that was destroyed. Mitzi and I want future students and faculty to have the same experiences. An enhanced Learning Center will make that possible and reach greater numbers of the public to help them understand the significant roles of forests in their lives.

    DR. WAYNE SMITH, 2013