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Length: 34.9 miles (linear)

Tosohatchee presents a diverse hiking experience that includes pine flatwoods, cabbage palm/oak hammocks, and cypress forests. This region has a vast history. From 1930 until 1977, this area was used for the Tosohatchee Gun Club and was left untouched in order to encourage wildlife. The state acquired the Wildlife Management Area in 1977. At least 30 Indian mounds have been discovered.

Cypresses at Jim Creek (Bart Smith)Hikers options in  Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area include taking an overnight hike or selecting one of several day hikes. On the north side of the Area, a trail leads to a virgin bald cypress stand in Jim Creek Swamp. Tosohatchee has a variety of wildlife, including deer, turkey, armadillo, osprey, and eagles. The dikes provide good vantage points.

In the spring, the Management Area is colorful with wildflowers, including wild iris, which blooms in purple profusion in the woods, drainages, and on the edge of the swamp.  Orlando Wetlands Park is a large-scale man-made wetland designed to treat reclaimed water and provide wildlife habitat. Deer, raccoon, alligators, turtles and over 150 species of birds have been seen in the park. At least five endangered bird species call the park home.  A festival every Spring highlights the wildlife in the region.