Monday, 16 May 2011

Florida Nature Travel: Osprey Trail in Seminole County


Florida has some of the most diverse wildlife and nature in North America. The best part about it is it's free to the public. If you're a nature lover, as I am, I try to visit a new preserve or trail every weekend. For those of you that don't live in Florida but are visiting the national parks and preserves, you should definitely check out Osprey Trail at Spring Hammock Preserve.

I recently took a long and much needed hike with my hiking partner and I've compiled the footage along with some commentary about the history and nature of the trail. The video is close to twenty minutes long, so when you have the time, and at your leisure, please enjoy the tour of Osprey Trail!

The Spring Hammock Preserve is an approximately 1,500 acre property that includes Soldier's Creek Park and Big Tree Park as well as a portion of the Cross Seminole Trail and the Florida National Scenic Trail.  Approximately 446 acres of the hammock were acquired by the state and subleased to Seminole County for management purposes. Most of the property remains in a natural state, however the property is surrounded by urban development, except for the east boundary which is Lake Jesup.

Also check out:

The Senator at Big Tree Park in one of the largest Cypress trees in America. The Senator was used as a landmark by the Seminole Indians, as well as the other Native American tribes in the area. During the Hurricane of 1925, the top of the Senator was destroyed, lopping off 47 feet of the original 165 feet.

Read more: Big Tree Park: Home To One of The World's Largest and Oldest Cypress Trees

Guide To Traveling To Florida

Frommer's Florida 2011 (Frommer's Complete)Florida (Eyewitness Travel Guides)Lonely Planet Florida (Regional Travel Guide)Backroads of Florida: Your Guide to Great Day Trips & Weekend GetawaysFodor's Florida 2011 (Full-Color Gold Guides)



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