In support of the resource management goals and objectives for the area and to provide a quality experience for all area users, the following recreation activities are allowed. Order the J. W. Corbett WMA Recreation Guide or print a shorter version Ready, Set, Go! guide to use as a resource when visiting this area.

 

Deer by Bob HarrisHunting

Corbett is one of the only public areas for people along the highly populated Gold Coast to hunt.  Hunting statistics for the average 5 year are: Pressure = 11,623, Deer Harvest = 159, and Hog Harvest = 217.  Approximately six hundred acres of old tomato fields are managed with a comprehensive food plot and mowing program to improve wildlife forage.

Vehicles may be operated on improved roads and trail 6 year round.  During Archery and Spring Turkey, vehicles may also be operated on named and numbered trails.  During Muzzleloading, General Gun, and Small Game, vehicles are not limited to the restrictions above while participating in the hunts.

 

Hunting Regulations, Maps and Hunt Calendar

 

Fishing

Semi-circular ponds have been constructed at camps A,B,G,H,I, and K where you can catch bluegill, redear, bass, catfish, warmouth, and spotted sunfish. In rainy seasons fish the marshes for big bass. Fishing license information.

 

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Linda King

Wildlife Viewing

The best place to view wildlife year-round is the Hungryland Boardwalk and Trail. The 1.2-mile trail is away from the hunt areas and has interpretive signs describing the plant and animal communities. This area is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. You may also request a copy or download or print the J.W. Corbett Birdlist PDF Visit the  Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife.

 

Hiking

On the Hungryland Slough Boardwalk and Trail (1.2 miles) you can explore the normally inaccessible cypress swamp. The trail begins in slash pine flatwoods with coco-plums, dahoons, and wiregrasses. Along the boardwalk are cypress, pond apples, and red maples. Numerous bromeliads (needle-leaved wildpine, cardinal airplant, giant wild pine, twisted air plant, ballmoss, Spanish moss) and 13 species of ferns (including strap, swamp, giant leather, chain, royal, bracken, resurrection) are present. The open wetlands visible from the trail are dominated by sawgrass. In the hardwood hammock are oaks, paradise trees, wild coffees, red bays, and stoppers.

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David Moynahan

The Corbett portion of the Florida Trail-Florida National Scenic Trail-Ocean to Lake Trail, traverses the area west from the South Entrance of Corbett 17 miles to Dupuis Reserve through wet pine flatwoods. The Trail is foot traffic only, no vehicles, horses or bicycles allowed. Along the way are two primitive campsites (at 6 and 12 miles). A blue blazed trail from the Hungryland Boardwalk parking lot junctions with the Florida Trail.

 

Biking

Biking is permitted on all roads and trails except the Hungryland Boardwalk and Trail and the Florida Trail.

 

Horseback Riding

Horses are allowed on the area throughout the year except from the Sunday 2 weeks prior to the opening of archery season until 8:00 a.m. the day prior to the archery season. Corbett offers miles of roads and trails for horseback riding. Parking for trailers is available at the south check station entrance and at campsites A, B, H, I, K, and N. No water is available. Horses are prohibited on the Hungryland boardwalk.  Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when riding on public lands.  For more detailed information go to Nicole's Law PDF.  All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands.

 

Scenic Driving

Roads pass through a variety of natural communities and offer the exploring driver opportunities to observe wildlife, wild flowers and much more on Florida's wild lands.

See  vehicle use regulations.

 

Camping

Camping is permitted only in designated campsites PDF. During archery season through  general gun season camping is permitted seven days a week and only on weekends throughout the rest of the year. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. During archery season, camping areas L and M and half of B are designated for short-term camping (no longer than 3 days).



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