Great scenery and abundant wildlife create excellent opportunities for hunting, wildlife viewing, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Note that the area is closed to other uses during special opportunity hunts and closed to vehicles except on hunting or scouting days.

Hiking, Bicycling & Horseback Riding


Enjoy hiking, bicycling and horseback riding through a variety of habitats. Hikers and bicyclists may explore miles of trails; equestrians are restricted to named or numbered roads, except during small game season when hunting from horseback is permitted. See the regulations summary for details. Note that sandy soils and periodic flooding can make hiking and bicycling more challenging.




Camping is available at the main entrance camping area only during periods open to hunting. See the regulations summary for more information.






Enjoy Special Opportunity deer and turkey hunts, as well as seasons for quota hog hunts and small game. Appropriate licenses and permits are required. Check the hunt calendar and regulations summary for an area map, specific dates and quota permit requirements.



Wildlife Viewing


Some of the best, most accessible wildlife viewing opportunities are along the loop road and the trails beside the creeks. More than 130 bird species have been documented to occur on or near the area, as well as 60 species of butterflies. The WMA is within a designated Critical Butterfly Diversity Area. Visit the Wildlife page for more information.


FWC Facts:
The world's whooping crane population has gradually increased from a low of 22 birds in 1941 to 503 birds in 2009.

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