Exploring Yeehaw Junction
A crossroads at the southeastern corner of Osceola County, Yeehaw Junction is best known for its unusual name, which springs from Florida’s frontier past. Cattle drives once regularly passed through, headed south along the Kissimmee River.
Along with an old Stuckey’s, the landmark historic site Desert Inn, and an annual bluegrass festival are the hallmarks of this tiny community in ranching country. At 60 mph, it’s a half hour to pretty much anything in any direction other than natural lands.
To the west, Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area sweeps along the eastern boundary of the Kissimmee River chain of lakes, and is traversed by the Florida Trail across its entire length. To the east, the St. Johns River rises from vast marshes at Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area and starts flowing north. Blue Cypress Lake, one of the first lakes in the river of lakes that is the St. Johns River, is a popular destination for paddlers because of its remoteness and natural beauty.
Offroad riding means a lot of bounce, especially on a washboarded limerock road like KICCO Grade. Adding trekking bars to John’s mountain bike made all the difference.
The move of the Florida Trail to the east side of the Kissimmee River is the longest and most significant trail relocation seen in many years. As it changed in December 2013, the new route is not included in The Florida Trail Guide, so please print these details to replace what is in your book …