LOCATION: Trailhead address is 4335 Firetower Road, Haines City, FL 33844. Please follow written directions or use GPS address. Catfish Creek Preserve is located about 35 miles south of Orlando. From SR 17, turn east on Lake Hatchineha Road (CR 542). Go about eight miles to Firetower Road. Turn right onto Firetower Road and proceed slightly less than three miles to the parking lot on the left. Approximate GPS of parking lot:[masked], [masked]
DESCRIPTION: This will be a 5 to 6-mile hike in the Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve located near Lake Pierce in the northeastern section of Polk County. Located along the beautiful Lake Wales Ridge, the Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park covers more than 8,000 acres of scrub, sandhill and flatwoods land. The Preserve is home to numerous rare plants, such as the scrub morning glory, scrub plum, pygmy fringe tree, cutthroat grass and several protected animal species including Florida scrub-jays, bald eagles, gopher tortoises and Florida scrub lizards.
Make sure you are prepared for the rugged conditions typical of the scrub habitat. There is one restroom at the trailhead parking lot. There is no entrance fee.
Please, no children under 10.
After the hike we will drive the short distance to Lake Hatchineha and have lunch at The Port restaurant overlooking the water.
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BRING OR WEAR: Plenty of WATER/DRINK, insect repellant, sunscreen, snacks and hat. Hiking boots are highly recommended and if you have hiking poles you may find them useful in the soft sand areas.