Within the 64,000 acre expanse of Three Lakes WMA, the Sunset Ranch Trail at the Prairie Lakes Unit north of Kenansville provides an easy interpretive day hike to sample the habitats found in the preserve en route to an observation deck on Lake Marian. The 2.2-mile loop trail offers excellent birding opportunities, especially for sandhill cranes.
Length: 2.2 miles
Lat-Long: 27.903900, -81.098200
Fees / Permits: $3 per person or $6 per vehicle
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Bug factor: low to moderate
From the intersection of US 441 and CR 520 (Canoe Creek Rd) in Kenansville, follow CR 520 north 7.5 miles to the trailhead parking area on the left.
The broad hiking-only path traverses scrubby flatwoods, sandhills, pine flatwoods, and open prairie, crossing a boardwalk through a cypress dome en route to an observation deck along Lake Marian