What are the Red Hills & Gulf Coastal Lowlands Bioregions?

The Red Hills and Gulf Coastal Lowlands bioregions are bounded by winding watersheds of rivers to the east (the Aucilla) and to the west (the Ochlockonee), both of which originate in Georgia and eventually empty into the Gulf of Mexico. The boundary between the 2 bioregions is the Cody Scarp, where the elevation of the land drops from 215 above sea level to less than 100 feet. The Cody Scarp runs east to west just south of the Capitol, at about the latitude of Tram Road.

To the north, the Red Hills penetrate into Georgia, including the plantation lands between Thomasville and Tallahassee, and a significant portion of the native longleaf pine forests remaining in the United States.

The rich red clay soils of the Red Hills support a mosaic of park-like pine forests, expansive natural lakes, and hardwood hammocks. Our bioregions rests atop one of the highest recharge areas of the Florida aquifer, the underground drinking water supply for millions of Florida and Georgia residents.


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