As steep and soft as a ski slope in places, these elevated slivers of blinding white sand are some of Florida’s most ancient hills. A memorial to a young man who loved and studied the unusual flora found here on the Lake Wales Ridge, Allan Broussard Catfish Creek State Park protects more than 8,000 acres of scrub habitat along Catfish Creek, with amazing views from the tops of each ridge.
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome
If you’re not on horseback, hiking poles are a must as you traverse each hill, with deep swales between the creases home to long, slender prairie lakes. Florida scrub-jays squawk in the oaks, and sandhill cranes browse through open grasslands.
More than twenty endangered plant species grow here, including scrub plum, scrub morning glory, and pygmy fringe trees. Explore the preserve by hiking, riding your horse, or fishing in the prairie ponds. This park is well off the beaten path but adjoins the FFA Leadership Training Center along Firetower Road near Haines City.
Explore the park
- Catfish Creek Preserve Trails - Allan David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park isn’t just “a perfect example of Lake Wales Ridge Scrub,” it’s a landscape unlike any other you’ll find in Florida.
- Wild and wonderful Catfish Creek Preserve State Park - Here’s my new favorite hike in the heart of Florida – the weird and wonderful landscape of Allan David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve. My first visit year six years ago was brief, just enough to walk through the oak hammock since the trail system looked to be all equestrian. This time, I had time to […]