Platt Branch Wildlife and Environmental Area
Platt Branch WEA
Don't miss the high-quality longleaf pine flatwoods at the southern extent of its Florida range.
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.
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.
Well-managed habitats such as longleaf pine flatwoods and scrub habitats benefit a range of protected species.
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.
Platt Branch WEA comprises 1,972 acres and is located about 16 miles south of Lake Placid, east of Fisheating Creek.
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