Natural Attractions in or Around Kissimmee

Birding

Is that an Osprey or an Egret? True bird lovers know the answer and that’s why they flock to the Heart of Florida for vacation. There’s no better place for birding than Kissimmee. From tropical birds and exotic birds to rare endangered birds, you can see all our feathered friends in their natural environment. And whether you’re a serious hobbyist or just curious, bird watching continues to surprise and inspire people of all ages. Our Central Florida climate offers a seemingly endless assortment of bird species at any of nine state-recognized Great Florida Birding Trail sites. From the wetlands to the woodlands, you’ll be able to spot Ibis, Hawks, Falcons, Quail, and Herons of practically every color. You may even catch a glimpse of some of the rarest birds in North America on your trip, including the Florida Scrub Jay, Snail Kite, Crested Caracara and Limpkin and Bald Eagle.

Kissimmee has the largest population of nesting Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states, and was selected as a re-entry location for the nearly extinct Whooping Crane. Look! It’s the “Osceola” Wild Turkey, considered by many wildlife experts to be the most beautiful bird in the world.
Keep your binoculars and your camera ready—Kissimmee won’t disappoint.

Hiking and Biking

This is one place where you won’t mind being grounded. That’s because you’ll find that a trek through Kissimmee’s natural wonderland, by bike or by foot, is more than just great exercise—it’s a way to experience one remarkable discovery after another.

The Florida countryside yields sites and sounds you just don’t find in other parts of the country. This is the gift of Kissimmee’s great outdoors and there is an abundance of nature trails that take you and your family through magnificent woods, around serene lakes, or along a winding river. Within the Kissimmee area there are several conservation areas protected by the State of Florida with hiking and biking trails that are part of the Florida National Scenic Trail and the Great Florida Birding Trail. Along with this activity, you’ll be entertained by a chorus of rare and colorful birds and marvel at vast fields of wildflowers. And did you hear that? Lots of wildlife such as deer, alligator and other playful critters are sure to come out to play. The Kissimmee area is home to approximately 35 different protected species of wildlife. So get out and about and discover the “real” Florida.

To explore some of the area’s more popular bike routes, check out our interactive map. You can also find a listing for bike rentals, tours and guides below

Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area
The Florida Nat’l Scenic Trail & Great Florida Birding TrailBull Creek Wildlife Management Area
Crabgrass Rd.
Holopaw, FL 34739
407-498-0991

An 8.6 mile driving tour is available for self-guided tours. Possible rough roads may require 4-wheel drive vehicles. See a variety of natural habitats and a historic railroad tram. Horseback riding, biking and hunting are permitted. The Florida National Scenic Trail runs the length of the 17.8 miles. Access information listed on the Great Florida Birding Trail.

 

Lake Lizzie Nature Perserve
Marked trails through a variety of habitats. Lake Lizzie Nature Preserve
6495 Old Melbourne Hwy.
St. Cloud, FL 34771
407-343-7173
A 918-acre nature preserve and one of Florida’s best sites for hiking, horseback riding and nature viewing. The preserve offers marked trails through a variety of habitats.

 

 

Makinson Island
132-acre island with 3.5 miles of hiking trails. Makinson Island
Lake Toho
Kissimmee, FL 34747
407-343-7173

his 132-acre island offers approximately 3.5 miles of hiking trails and wildlife viewing. Accessible by boat only through Kissimmee Outdoor Adventures or Tom & Jerry’s Pro Guide Service.

 

Peghorn Nature Park and Trail
Preserved wetlands and trails- the “real” Florida. Peghorn Nature Park and Trail
2101 Peghorn Way
St. Cloud, FL 34769
407-957-7243

This 58-acre passive park takes its visitors on a journey beginning in the late 1800s to modern day. The Cracker Village is an example of how we are working to preserve our disappearing heritage. Preserved wetlands and trails help to teach others about the “real” Florida.

 

 

Prairie Lakes Wildlife Management Area
A 6-mile loop for hiking and wildlife viewing. Prairie Lakes Wildlife Management Area
1231 Prairie Lakes Rd.
Kenansville, FL 34739
407-436-1818

Prairie Lakes Wildlife Management Area offers a six-mile loop trail provides hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities. The area also provides fishing, biking, horseback riding and hunting opportunities in a natural setting.

 

Split Oak Forest Mitigation Park
View a variety of wildlife habitats. Split Oak Forest Mitigation Park
Clapp-Simms-Duda Rd.
Kissimmee, FL
407-343-7173

Split Oak Forest Mitigation Park offers a variety of wildlife habitats and viewing opportunities. Managed to enhance and preserve the habitat of the gopher tortoise.

 

 

Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area
27 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail. Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area
1231 Prairie Lakes Rd. (South Osceola County)
Kenansville, FL 34739
407-436-1818

Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area offers access to 27 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail. Other recreation opportunities include biking, wildlife viewing, and horseback riding, hunting and camping by reservation.

 

Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management
11.2 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail. Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management
5600 Crabgrass Rd
St. Cloud, FL 34773
407-436-1818

Triple N Ranch provides access to 11.2 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail. The area also provides hiking, biking, horseback riding and hunting opportunities

 

 

Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve
Free admission- enjoy the natural beauty of Florida. Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve
2700 Scrub Jay Trl.
Kissimmee, FL 34759
407-935-0002

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/florida/index.htm

The Nature Conservancy and Walt Disney World join forces to preserve and protect this 12,000-acre ecosystem preserve. View pristine plant communities, wildlife, and waterways – headwaters of the Everglades.

 

 

 

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