This site includes several miles of the Econlockhatchee River (and its tributaries and canals), plus flatwoods, wet prairie, hardwood hammock and freshwater swamp. The site is managed for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers (RCWs); look for white-painted cavity trees on the red, yellow, and green loop trails. Other resident flatwoods species include Northern Bobwhite, Hairy and Red-headed Woodpeckers, Brown-headed Nuthatches and Bachman’s Sparrows. Limpkin, Sandhill Crane, Merlin, Short-tailed Hawk, White-tailed Kite, Crested Caracara, Swallow-tailed Kite and Painted Bunting have all been recorded. Eastern Bluebirds are common along the powerline crossings, and over 20 species of wood-warbler have been spotted; spring and fall is best for warblers. In January 2007, Florida’s first Hammond’s Flycatcher (rare) was found at the preserve. Three primitive camping areas and 16+ miles of multi-use loop trails are available (some may be flooded at times). Consider backpacking or biking to explore this vast territory; a trail map is available at the entrance kiosk. The preserve is renowned for its rare plants, and also offers great butterfly viewing; rarities such as Little Metalmark, Florida Dusted Skipper and Eastern Wood Nymph on the preserve checklist.