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You are welcome to visit the LEAFS sites any time.  No appointment is necessary.  Both sites have self-guiding interpretive trails.  The sites are about a mile apart. Click here to read a description of the sites.

To reach the first site

From Gainesville, take the Waldo Road (SR 24) to Waldo.  When you reach Waldo, turn right on SW 2nd Place, just past the Island Foods store and Shell gas station; go over the railroad tracks to a stop sign on US 301.  Turn right on 301 and go 2.2 miles.  Look for the green sign to Earleton and the blue highway signs for CR 1469 and CR 1471.  As 301 starts to curve right, turn left off 301 onto CR 1469.  Within a few hundred feet, turn left onto CR 1471.  Go about 1/2 mile; the LEAFS sign and parking is to the right.  If you are not coming from Gainesville, but are traveling south on US 301, from the overpass in Waldo over the railroad tracks, continue as above for 2.3 miles to the signs described above.  If you are coming from the south, pass through Orange Heights, going north on US 301, and after almost three miles, look for a blueberry packing house on the right and the signs for Earleton and CR 1469 and CR 1471.  Just after that, 301 curves left, but you should continue straight on a cutoff which leads behind a white building to the intersection where you take CR 1471, as directed above.

To reach the second site
Access to the second site is from the Alachua County Lake Alto Park.  To reach it from the first site, continue on CR 1471 for one mile to the park signs.  Turn left from CR 1471 into the park and proceed to the parking area.

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