Explore the most popular birding trails near Christmas with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

This seems to be a little known park, but it's actually quite pretty, and it's very near Orlando Wetlands Park. There are many places to hike here, with very different habitats to OWP, so it's good to go to both if you're in the area.

Cool spot. Close to home. Birds and gators. Will bring a bike out here sometime.

mountain biking
4 months ago

This a really great place to get some great wildlife photos. They have a large variety of birds such as heron, egrets, ducks, coot, spoonbills, stork, crane, hawks and more .. plus alligators and occasionally other wildlife. You can walk it or bring bicycles out and ride it (which I prefer here). The scenery is beautiful too ... quite amazing for what amounts to a natural sewage treatment system.

One of my favorite local trails. Plenty of shade most of the way!

I LOVED this hike. I walked 5 miles and saw a total count of 38 gators. Unreal. Tons of birds to see including bald eagles, spoonbills and cranes. Saw a mother and baby deer by the back of the park as well. The hike itself is a relaxing walk but it got quite hot as the morning went on. Overall it was well worth it and was a great hike! Will definitely do it again.

Nice trail. Liked the orange trail beat!

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.

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

hiking
8 months ago

Only got to spend 45 Minutes here. It’s a birding paradise

One of my most favorite places to hike around here. During the summer it gets flooded FYI.

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.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

This place is amazing!! One of the best trails in central Florida. Guaranteed gator sightings!!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

So much fun with my main squeeze ❤️ had lots of fun walking this.

The outbound on the FT is pleasant enough. The return is more slough through cattle pasture than trail hike.
Doing it in July (rainy season) provided additional adventure as in over the ankle water in sections of the FT and most of the pastureland. But then this is a wetlands section. Barb wire pasture boundaries, wild turkeys and cowpies a plenty add to the adventure and earn the moderate ranking. Worth doing? Yes. But not as pleasant as the nearby FT sections available from the Barr St trailhead.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Unique park and trail with lots of birds and wildlife. There's a tall hill, the "overlook" that gives a neat 360 view. On a hot day this trail is more enjoyable biked in my opinion. Theres a water bottle filling station and a water fountain at the trail head by the parking lot.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Lots of wildlife here including spoon bills and gators. It gets very hot with little shade, so go early with plenty of water and a hat or umbrella.

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Beautiful park! It is all out in the open though, so be sure to wear sunscreen. I spent 4 hours walking around out there yesterday and loved it. Will definitely be back. Beautiful views and lots of wildlife.

mountain biking
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Excellent trails for biking & walking. A favorite in all of central FL with. plenty of pics to be taken.

hiking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Debatably my favorite hike in FL (and one of my top 10 in the entire Southeast). A great way to see what FL used to look like before we drained all of it as you cross through beautiful pine/palm forests into the marsh and back. Fun wet/mud hike if you aren't afraid of getting dirty. My dog came with me and loved playing in the marsh!!! I would highly suggest avoiding it during summer because the water would be very high in the marsh and the bugs and humidity would be out of control.

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

NO LONGER CLOSED Nov to January - this changed in 2016.

What an amazing park! We biked the roads (berms around the ponds), on our hybrid bikes, the northwest corner is the most difficult to bike with some overgrown roads. Its also the least scenic, so just stick with the main loop and be amazed. We were there in June and the number of birds were amazing. Cant wait to go back in winter when all the migrants are down.

Take lots of water as there is little shade

Make sure you go to the Overlook - a large dirt mound and from the top you can see 360 view of the park. What a gem of a park.

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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!

road biking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Lots of gators and fish if you get to the bridge. Also make sure you go up the big hill beautiful view.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Many alligators and birds. There are two eagles, but I did not see them. Loved the wildlife.

Friday, October 09, 2015

had great time saw lots of birds alligators and snakes. Ps saved my wife's life she didn't see the rattle snake on the path but I stopped her before she got too close. keep ur eyes open.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Easy and enjoyable but should have a warning no shade do not take this hike ion hot summer days. Saw otters gators raccoons

cross country skiing
Sunday, June 21, 2015

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!

Tranquil and scenic. Lots of wildlife.

hiking
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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.

Monday, June 09, 2014

This has to be one of my favorite hiking places here in Central FL! It's absolutely packed with wildlife of all kinds that don't mind you being there and will go on with their daily chores right in front of you! Beautiful landscape that really shows the awesome side of natural Florida. However, it is not for those that are afraid of gators, snakes, or other wildlife. You will see them, and during the warm steamy mornings there will be plenty of them out to greet on the walkways as they warm up for the day. So keep that mind if you're not looking to get up close and personal with Florida's wildlife. Get to know your FL snakes beforehand, we've come in contact with both harmless and venomous types. Respect their space and they will mind their own. We tread lightly and have never had an issue with any animals. No pets allowed, obviously... way too many gators and snakes that may not enjoy fido in their habitat. But, plenty of people go out with horses and bikes. Everyone is very polite and it's never all that crowded out there. It's a fantastic place for nature photography folks. The walkways are fairly hard packed sand, very solid and easy to walk on, and there's a few nice little sitting areas to take a rest before continuing on the trails. Not too much tree coverage, so bringing a good amount of water, sunblock, light clothes, and a hat/sunglasses are a must. Lots of shortcuts available if you're only looking to be out there for a little bit, or you can hike around the entire area and spend the day out there. It's worth it!

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