Anyone who wants to carpool, meet at 10:00am in front of the Goodings Grocery in Crossroads of Lake Buena Vista shopping center which is across from Downtown Disney on SR 535 & Hotel Plaza Blvd, Lake Buena Vista.

Meet at 11:00am to hike the 2.5 mile hiking trail loop 2x for a total of 5 miles. Bring lunch in your backpack and we’ll stop at Lake Russell with a beautiful view. This is very open scrub land so wear a hat and sunblock. The core of The Disney Wilderness Preserve is comprised of what was once an 8,500-acre cattle ranch situated at the head of the Greater Everglades watershed. In the early 1990s, the ranch was slated for extensive residential development which would have spelled the end for the property’s degraded—but restorable—wetlands, as well as the destruction of significant habitat for endangered plants and wildlife.
Working with The Nature Conservancy, the State of Florida, and a number of other groups, The Walt Disney Company purchased the property to mitigate its expansion and transferred it to the Conservancy to create a nature preserve dedicated to wetlands restoration. The preserve’s Conservation Learning Center and other buildings include green features such as:
• Geothermal heating and cooling
• Freshwater catchment used for irrigation and other non-potable uses
• Green forest-grown pine (Lumber used comes from a Certified Sustainable Forest)
• Solar panels that collect steady sunlight; wide porches and ceiling fans that shield work areas
• Low VOC paint
• All porch (or outdoor) furniture made from recycled materials

Directions from Orlando via Interstate 4 to Disney Wilderness Preserve
2700 Scrub Jay Trail
Kissimmee, Florida 34759

From I-4 west of Orlando, exit south at Exit 68 (State Road 535, the “Downtown Disney” exit). Take SR 535 South about 3 miles and turn right onto Poinciana Blvd.
Continue on Poinciana Blvd approximately 13 miles until you reach the intersection of Poinciana Blvd and Pleasant Hill Road (County Road 531). Turn right onto Pleasant Hill Road and get in the left lane. In ½ mile, once you cross Reedy Creek (a sign in the median indicates “Disney Wilderness Preserve” is at the next left turn), get into the left turn lane and turn left onto Old Pleasant Hill Road. Drive approximately ½ mile and turn left onto the Preserve’s Scrub Jay Trail (Our road). The entrance to the Preserve is marked with a large sign. The parking lot and buildings are at the end of Scrub Jay Trail (2 miles).

If you miss the turn onto Old Pleasant Hill Road, just stay on Pleasant Hill Road (which becomes Cypress Parkway at the curve) and continue to the traffic light at Dover Plum. Turn left at the traffic light onto Dover Plum. Proceed to the four-way stop (go straight through it). Continue to a stop sign at the end of Dover Plum and then turn right onto Old Pleasant Hill Rd. Turn left at green and white Disney Wilderness Preserve sign and follow Scrub Jay Trail for two miles to the buildings.

Leader: Mary-Slater Linn cell:[masked]

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  • Skip S.

    I will post some of our pictures later. We had a great time. Sorry we didn't keep up with the group as my granddaughter wanted to take a lot of pictures. Lovely day and a great little hike. We hope to join you for several future ones! Thanks!

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Robin B.

    Great meeting up w you guys! :)

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Jessica E B.

    So jealous. Great pictures.

    January 25, 2014

  • Jenny T

    Fantastic. Couldn't have enjoyed it more.

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Wade W.

    Weather was cool, nice for walking. Great company to walk with.

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Nancy

    I am planning to go, although I’m waiting on a respond to see if I can go for sure, but I can’t RSVP. I will like to meet at the Goodings Grocery so I won’t get lost. Can I bring my daughter? She is 15 years old.

    1 · January 24, 2014

    • Mary-Slater L.

      Sure, your daughter is welcome. No need to RSVP since event is a manageable size now.

      1 · January 24, 2014

  • Lynne

    This sounds like fun! I wish I could make it! Next time ...

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • Be

    ahh, have to miss this wonderful hike, helping with scout.

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Jessica E B.

    I forgot this is the weekend my husband has a contest. So I'm backing out. This is on my bucket list.

    January 16, 2014

  • Ken

    Bringing my 14 year old

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • Be

    I have 9 and 11 years old which they hiked 5 miles easily before with elevations.

    1 · January 7, 2014

    • Mary-Slater L.

      Your children are welcome to come since it is the same loop 2x and if they get tired they can turn around or finish just one of the loops. You might also buy them a small net that they can use to catch minnows with when we stop at the lake. See if you can find a net in the pet supply part of a store such as Pet Supermarket that will fit into your backpack.

      1 · January 8, 2014

  • greg p.

    Hi Mary-Slater: We've emailed each other already & I look forward to doing a hike with your group starting Wed., Jan.29. I leave on Monday, Feb. 10.

    January 7, 2014

    • Mary-Slater L.

      Great time to be in Fla.--better than the rest of the USA!

      January 7, 2014

  • Pamela

    I have been wanting to explore this!

    1 · January 6, 2014

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