Abundant wildlife and a range of outdoor activities reward visitors to Chassahowitzka’s diverse habitats.


Hiking, Bicycling and Horseback Riding


Hike the two marked trails off of Indigo Lane – Cypress Circle Trail and Wild Turkey Trace Trail – to explore flatwoods, sandhills, cypress domes and scrub habitats. Or discover the hardwood swamp along miles of trams, open to hikers and off-road bicyclists. Access information for bicycles and horses is available in the regulations summary.


Scenic Driving


Journey through the wild landscape of Chassahowitzka WMA along the roads that wind through the sandhills and cypress swamps. Narrow, unpaved roads permit views of numerous plant and animal species including gopher tortoises, white-tailed deer and many species of butterflies. A drive during dawn or dusk will likely reward you with numerous wildlife observations, in addition to spectacular scenery.



Chassahowitzka has feral hogs, a moderate deer herd, and fair numbers of small game and waterfowl. As restoration of the uplands proceeds, prescribed burns in the sandhills and flatwoods should improve the habitat for deer. Hunting pressure is heaviest during general gun season. Check the regulations summary, area map and hunt calendar before you visit. Quota permits ensure a high-quality experience. 

Wildlife Viewing


Chassahowitzka’s diverse natural communities sustain a large variety of resident and migratory wildlife, from otters and bobcats to butterflies and black bears. Wildlife viewing is best in the morning hours January through March and August through October. This area is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.  Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife.



FWC Facts:
When the weather is very cold, a group of bluebirds, and several other bird species, will occasionally roost together in a nest cavity for warmth.

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