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Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area Loop Trail

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Christmas, Florida

Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area Loop Trail is a 18.6 mile loop trail located near Christmas, Florida that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 18.6 mi Elevation gain 82 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Bugs

Muddy

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Getting There

A Daily-Use Permit is required to enter this area, unless you have purchased a Wildlife Management Area Permit. The area is open to public access year round. Facilities: Office; restroom; check station (operated seasonally); primitive group and equestrian camping areas

3365 Taylor Creek Rd, Christmas, FL 32709 (407) 568-5893 Website: http://myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/wmas/lead/tosohatchee

ocated in Orange County, about 25 miles east of Orlando, near the community of Christmas. From the north: Exit I-95 at S.R. 50 (Exit 215) and take S.R. 50 west to Taylor Creek Road. Turn left (south) onto Taylor Creek Road. The entrance is on the left (east side), approximately 2.8 miles north of S.R. 520. From the south: Exit I-95 at S.R. 50 (Exit 201) and take S.R. 520 west to Taylor Creek Road. Turn right (north) onto Taylor Creek Road. The entrance is on the right (east side), approximately 2.5 miles north of S.R. 520. From Orlando: Take S.R. 50 east to Taylor Creek Road. Turn right (south) onto Taylor Creek Road. The entrance is on the left (east side), approximately 2.8 miles south of S.R. 50.

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Reviews (55)
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Recordings (49)
Completed (64)
Madison Martin
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Hiking

Grassy south, eh

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Deb Ong
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Horseback ridingBugs

Great ride today. Just a little buggy.

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Michael Bramson
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Scenic driving

nice, easy drive with wildlife such as flowers and gators. 4x4 is suggested due to mud and sugar sand is some places. there is a walk way around a lake that was very nice.

Trent Larson
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Hiking

Wouldn't bother going off the rock road if on bike.

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Alyssa Baewer
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grown

not a lot of shade. actual trails are overgrown so we just stayed on the dirt road. Bring lots of water!

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Stephanie Thelen
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Hiking

Flies horrible

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Morgan Trails
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Hiking

Great hike, but at the moment the forest trails are quite flooded. I’d suggest waiting until they dry a bit if you’re thinking of heading out for a hike off the dirt roads. I did it anyways but at some points the water was calf deep.

Tori Munro
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Beautiful place. But after our hike there were ticks all over my dog and I. I recommend strong tick repellent for you and your dog!

Bud Martino
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Hiking

The "trails" or grassy roads as they are, are well maintained. My experience with this trail was everything i thought it would be for a Florida trail system. Alltrails only show the drive-able roads and not the trails themselves for some reason and was marked as "moderate" (it's flat) We hiked the Meade trail for about half a mile then took tiger trail for a half mile which is not maintained (due to a storm the previous day i assume) but walk-able. We ran into some local wildlife that wasn't very happy we were there. We came across some Javelina pigs, or maybe baby pigs, no adult sow or boar with them. Then came the spiders!! must have been stirred up from the storm the previous day and they are jumpy to say the least. The first spider we came across was a "Golden orb weaver" Biggest one I've ever seen that wasn't behind glass. The web was completely blocking the trail like it was waiting for me or something. Trail was at least 8 feet wide and the spider was as big as my hand. (not a lie!!) The second spider looked like a wolf spider, It was hairy and as big as the diameter of a pop can and jumped at us, thus ending my hiking trip in Florida. I do not like spiders in the first place and I'm use to them in the Pacific Northwest. I had a good time but I think I will stick to the trails in the northwest region.

E S
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Hiking

Very wet be sure to bring your trekking poles. As always, I wish I had more time. It was lovely. I took the myrtle trail. I started the one way in the back, but it looked a little too wet for the short time that I had. Little did I know that the myrtle trail was also quite wet. But I love these parks for no one is! Yes it rained, yes it’s humid, yes it’s hot, it’s also wonderful. And a few mosquitoes

Heather Horwitz
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Hiking

Nice trail. Liked the orange trail beat!

Diana Swapp
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Scenic driving

There are many trails but chose the drive. We will be back to do the trails. Plenty of wildlife to see; Alligators, water foul, blue herons, snow egrets, turtles, cardinals, woodpeckers, and turkeys.

E S
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Hiking

I parked it to myrtle parking lot and took the trail there. You walk in about 4/10 of a mile on a grassy Road and then you can go left or right and beyond a nice hiking trail. Make sure you look at the signs on the tree, the orange marks, because the truth is pretty messy at some points and Verizon and two other places then the orange marking tree there’s a little bridge and some boards you can walk over.. I walked slowly this time, and I’m glad I did, there a lot of limbs on the ground. And you can Easley trip.When you walked on the grassy Road, you’ll see some beautiful pines some beautiful cabbage palms and the effects of fire. You can see only did a couple miles, but that’s all I had time for today. So a lot of butterflies. And there is a trail to the west of the parking area that I completely missed of course so I just have to come back again

E S
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Hiking

This looks like a very interesting place to trails. I just found a brief time here. Make sure you watch the trees for the trail. Because the trail it’s not very worn down itself. But the markings on the tree are fantastic.

Alison Schultz
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Mountain biking

We actually have hybrid bikes that we like to ride on roads and paved trails. This was a great area for our ride. Stop and check in at the entrance and its $3 cash self pay, leave envelope and take tear off receipt for your car dash. Make sure to sign in and sign out - and pick up one of their maps (I uploaded a copy here) I have been unable to find another map that shows the roads as well. but the map did cut off some of the hiking trails so be sure to bring your own for the river trail. We came two different weekends. First time we parked at #9 and rode down powerline road until it ends at the St Johns and we watched some airboats on the water. A wildlife officer was parked there. No shade along the road, couple of one lane wood bridges. Nice hardpacked crushed shell roads. The grass parking areas will fit only a couple of cars, but there are many parking areas so no problem finding a space. The next visit we parked at #7 and did a loop of the roads was about a 19 mile ride. If you have gaia gps I uploaded a track there. Long bluff and Fish hole roads have more shade. There is a great little lake at the south end of the property Lake Charlie that has pavilions, a small fishing pier, restrooms and space to launch kayaks and non motorized boats. There is an area along fish hole road that obviously floods as they have a measuring stake alongside the road so you can tell how deep the water is. When we were there it was dry. Long bluff road had some sandy areas but it had rained recently so it was well packed and we were fine on our bikes. Might get a little loose if its very dry. Excellent well managed WMD they do some controlled burns. It was really cool to see such a variety of ecology - from swamp blooming with wild flowers by the st johns to more dry oak hammocks. To pine and palmettos, We will return!

Jackie Summers
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Cross Country Skiing

I only went in half a mile or so both ways. It's pretty wet. Some area the water is ankle deep. I didn't bring mucks. Very secluded with a deep woods feel. Some was over grown but tree markers helped. Great for a group!

J C
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Hiking

Tosohatchee WMA protects a remote, rugged and wild stretch of the St. Johns River floodplain, with large expanses of palm hammock, pine flatwood, and old-growth oak and cypress forest for hikers to explore. (OutInTheBoonies.com has a good trail map: http://www.outintheboonies.com/Tosohatchee/topo_map_north.jpg.) We tried the "White Loop," an 11.7 mile hike following the Florida Trail clockwise from the intersection of Powerline and Fish Hole Roads (parking) to a junction just past Tiger Branch campsite, where a white-blazed connector trail heads north to return you to the same leg of the Florida Trail you started out on, about 2.2 miles northwest of your car. (FloridaHikes.com has a nice description of this route: http://floridahikes.com/white-loop-tosohatchee.) It's an excellent hike, with one major caveat: when the river is high, Tosohatchee gets REALLY wet--we were in ankle-to-calf-deep water more than half the way, which sapped a lot of time and energy, leaving us less able to relax and savor the surroundings than we would've liked. If you're not from the area, I'd suggest calling ahead to ask about trail conditions, and allowing lots of extra time for your hike. Of course, as with most anywhere in Florida, bring insect repellent along, too.

Devon Dovgan
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Hiking
First to Review

Awesome place to explore and go hiking. I love to bring my dogs here. The WMA is huge so you can be sure you don't have to see the same parts twice/barely any people around. Take care to not be in hunting areas on specified times. Beware there are tons of ticks!!

Deb Ong
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Horseback riding
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Deb Ong
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Horseback riding
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Deb Ong
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Horseback riding
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Tanya Severson
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Kathleen Lind
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Hiking
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Tanya Severson
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Hiking
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Deb Ong
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Horseback riding
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Lisa Sheldon
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Deb Ong
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Tanya Severson
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