Platt Branch Wildlife and Environmental Area


Don’t miss an opportunity to see high-quality longleaf pine flatwoods at the southern extent of its Florida range.



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Things to do

A loop trail winds through a mosaic of uplands and wetlands, providing ample opportunities to spot wildlife and see remnants of the historic uses of the property. read more »


Spot protected species such as the gopher tortoise, Florida scrub-jay, red-cockaded woodpecker and fox squirrel on this Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail site. read more »

Habitat and Management

Well-managed habitats such as longleaf pine flatwoods and scrub habitats benefit a range of protected species.  read more »


The area still bears witness to previous land uses over the last century; the timber and turpentine industries left their marks here in the 1920s and 1930s. read more »

Planning Your Visit

Platt Branch WEA comprises 1,972 acres and is located about 16 miles south of Lake Placid, east of Fisheating Creek.  read more »


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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