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Tosohatchee State Reserve
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Tosohatchee State Reserve
Description - Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area is located in eastern Florida preserving significant marshes, swamps, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks which are essential filters for the 19 miles of the boundary along the upper St. Johns River. Open year-round from 8 A.M. to sunset, the area encompasses 30,701 acres of property.

The area was named for the Tosohatchee Creek, which flows through the northern portion of the reserve. Named by the American Indians and meaning "fowl creek," the marshy edges provide lush habitat for alligators, river otters, wading birds, turtles, and much more.

Attractions - Established and maintained as a reserve, the 28,000-acre public parcel offers an array of outdoor recreation, much centered on the network of roads and trails. Eight miles of trail are designated for foot traffic only. The remains 50 miles are available for multi-use. Some folks prefer calling the park before venturing out. During the rainy season, the roads become swamps. Conversely, during dry periods, the roads become sand traps. Near the entrance, you'll find a small self-pay box and trail maps that define the maze of roads and trails. Horseback riding is one of the featured pastimes at the reserve. A horse camp entices one to lengthen the visit. Several pull-offs along the network of roads offer good opportunities to stop and observe the feeding wildlife. Alligators lurk in the placid waters, red-shouldered hawks soar overhead and a plethora of other birds decorate the treetops and water's edge. At the end of the main park road, anglers find access to St. Johns River. Wildflower enthusiasts enjoy the short loop trail accessible from the youth campground.

Recreation - Visitors to Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area can experience hiking, biking, primitive camping, nature study, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, and wildlife viewing. A youth camp and a horse camp are featured group sites. Anglers find unique access to the St. Johns River. Hunting by special permit is allowed. Rules and regulations apply.

Climate - Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. Summer Fahrenheit temperatures average in the mid to high 80's (28 - 29 Celsius). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging 58 - 64 degrees Fahrenheit (14 - 18 Celsius). Precipitation for the central area averages anywhere from 56 inches to less than 52 inches per year. The region offers a great warm escape for outdoor recreation during the cold northern months. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Location - Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area is located on Taylor Creek Road in Christmas (east of Orlando) off State Road 50.


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Central Florida - Central Florida was once the cattle and citrus farming capitol of Florida. Today, it is well known for its high-tech theme parks. However, outdoor enthusiasts need not search far to find an extensive list of natural attractions.
Florida Lakes, Rivers & Springs - The lakes, rivers and springs in Florida range from huge fresh water lakes to spring-fed serpentine rivers to year-round naturally warm swimming holes.
Florida National Wildlife Refuges - The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife manage 21 wildlife refuges in Florida that reach nearly all corners of the state. The refuges protect and manage biological diverse habitat while offering an educational and recreational opportunity to the public.
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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Recreation on Florida's wildlife management lands.

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