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Okeeheelee Nature Center


 


The Okeeheelee Nature Center has two and a half miles of nature trails with various names based on the surrounding habitat. They sit on 90 acres of native pine flatwoods and several marsh wetlands. Okeeheelee park was once a shellrock quarry. The area that is the sanctuary for the nature center is maintained by removal of exotic, invasive plants and by controlled burns. The word Okeeheelee means "Quiet Waters".

 

Saw Palmetto
Saw Palmetto
(Serenoa repens)

We will start our hike on the PINE TRAIL. This paved trail takes us through a slash pine forest. Slash Pine creats the canopy of most of Floridas pine flatwoods. Along this trail we see many ferns and saw palmetto.

 

The beginning of the WILDLIFE TRAIL is marked by an elevated blind overlooking a wildlife enclosure. This rest stop has a stationary binocular for better wildlife viewing.

 

Elevated Blind Overlook
Elevated Blind Overlook

Wildlife Trail
Wildlife Trail

The short, paved Wildlife Trail also weaves its way through a pine flatwood area.

 

 

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