A donation of the 4,171 acre Peaceful Horse Ranch on the Peace River was turned down by DEP two years ago. It was just accepted as a future Florida State Forest
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At Babcock Wilderness Adventures – a popular ecotourism attraction east of Punta Gorda – the Ecotour Trail is a no-cost option to getting your feet wet on an exploration of wet flatwoods habitats along a well-maintained trail through the palmetto prairie.
Following old forest roads, the purple-blazed loop of the Footprints Trail through the heart of Babcock Ranch, a vast prairie punctuated by cypress strands, provides a simple introduction to this often-squishy ecosystem.
I just heard from my friends Bill and Ginny, who are planning a trip up to Zolfo Springs. For those of you who have no idea where this is, it’s a quiet place in the middle of South Central Florida, about an hour east of Bradenton and a half hour north of Arcadia, in Hardee …
For immersion in Florida’s central prairies, the 39-mile Myakka Hiking Trail is a serious backpacking destination in South Florida near Sarasota
At Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, the Canopy Walk provides a sky-high view of the Myakka River basin as well as an intimate immersion in the live oak canopy in a beautiful hammock of oaks and palms.
With tall waving grasses, saw palmetto, and the sound of birds, Myakka River State Park immerses you in Florida’s Big Sky country amid wide open prairies and riverside marshes.
A glimmering monument to recycling and ingenuity, Solomon’s Castle is a quirky work of art. A nature trail leads along the forested edge of Horse Creek.