As Lake Lizzie Conservation Area took shape over many years and many land acquisitions, we’ve revisited it several times.
Back in 2001, it didn’t make the cut for 50 Hikes in Central Florida over other public lands in the region, since the trails were primarily forest roads shared with equestrians, which made for tough hiking.
Times have changed. While equestrian access to the trail system remains, there is now a hiking-only trail at the south end of Lake Lizzie Conservation Area, the 1.7-mile Marsh Loop.
There is also a well-graded access from the same trailhead under the powerlines on a separate trail for off-road biking.
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Location: St. Cloud
Length: Up to 11 miles in a trail network
Address: 6495 Old Melbourne Hwy, St. Cloud
Fees: Free. Camping fee $12-15 per night.
Restroom: Vault toilets at trailheads
Land manager: Osceola County
Open dawn to dusk. Leashed pets welcome. Do not remove artifacts or plants.
Primitive camping is permitted in designated areas but you must obtain a permit in advance. Call 407-742-0200 (weekdays during office hours) or reserve online. A limit of 6 in a group applies.
This is a big preserve, so print a map and take it along if you plan to explore beyond the well-marked Marsh Loop. We found no maps available to take with us at the trailhead.
The primary trailhead, W.P. Tyson, is just off US 192 on Old Melbourne Hwy to the east of St. Cloud. The lesser-used northern trailhead is reached by driving north on Pine Grove Rd off US 192 to Bass Hwy and Midland Dr.
Our most recent exploration in Lake Lizzie Conservation Area was limited to the 1.7-mile Marsh Loop, which features interpretation along its broad hiking-only route.
From the south trailhead, the Lake Lizzie Trail extends 3 miles north to the lake and picnic area, a 6 mile round-trip.
See our photos from Lake Lizzie Conservation Area
More worth exploring while you’re in this area.
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