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Herky Huffman/Bull Creek - Things to Do

Attention!

To minimize exposure to COVID-19 and help protect visitors and employees, the FWC is closing all designated campgrounds on the Wildlife Management Area system for a minimum of 30 days beginning Monday, March 23 at 10 a.m. Also, permits for camping after Monday, March 23 will be canceled. On areas where it is currently allowed, dispersed wilderness camping (camping outside of designated campgrounds or where no permit is required) will continue to be allowed, but only for groups of less than 10 people.

Blue Heron upclose

Enjoy hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing and take in good views of well-managed habitats while hiking, bicycling and horseback riding.

Hunting

Quail upclose

Hunting options include seasons for archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game, youth turkey and spring turkey. The area is open to other users during hunt days. Quota hunts limit the number of participants, ensuring a quality experience. The cemetery is closed to hunting. Check the regulations summary and hunt calendar before you visit.

Fishing, Paddling and Boating

Cypress tree along bank of Bull Creek

Fishing is available on all waterbodies on the WMA. On the creeks, enjoy shoreline and small boat fishing for bass, catfish and panfish. Carry appropriate licenses and permits. Launches for small boats and paddlecraft are located at Billy Lake, Mizell Ford and Ronnie Ford. Paddling is variable due to extreme and rapid changes in water levels and obstructions on the creeks.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing at Bull Creek

Wildlife viewing is available throughout the WMA. Some of the most accessible wildlife viewing opportunities are found along Loop Road, at Billy Lake, and from the footbridges spanning creeks along the Florida National Scenic Trail. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife.

Hiking, bicycling and horseback riding

Activies at Herky Huffman

Hiking is permitted on all areas of the WMA. The Florida National Scenic Trail traverses 18.9 miles of the WMA, including an alternate wet-weather route. Bicycling is permitted on all areas of the WMA. Well-maintained shell-capped roads provide an excellent surface for bicycling. All named and numbered roads and trails are open for use by equestrians.

Camping

Camping at Bullcreek

Camping is allowed at the designated main entrance campground during hunting seasons. Through-hikers on the Florida National Scenic Trail may use two designated campsites along the trail. Each campsite provides a fire-ring, water pump and picnic table.  Note that water in wells is not certified for human consumption.