Taylor Creek Stormwater Treatment Area

US 441, Okeechobee, 34972
(800) 250-4200
sunrise to sunset

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North of Okeechobee lies Taylor Creek STA, a little-known but great destination for birders. wildlife viewers and photographers in winter, spring and fall. South Florida’s stormwater treatment areas are engineered wetlands which help protect the water quality of Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades; they also provide wildlife habitat to boot. Three miles of compacted shell-rock (wheelchair friendly), hike and bike trails lead visitors around extensive freshwater marshes, cypress stands and open fields A shortcut on the north side shaves one mile off your hike if needed. Start by scanning the field alongside the parking area, for Crested Caracara and Eastern Meadowlark. Canals near the parking area often hold Wood Storks and Glossy Ibis. Turn left (south) at the first trail junction and check the hardwood patch on your right for woodpeckers, warblers and flycatchers. Florida Sandhill Crane wander the grassy borders of the treatment cells and Limpkin, Roseate Spoonbill, both whistling-ducks, Sora, King Rail, Purple Gallinule and Marsh Wren can also be found. Other than two chickee huts (complete with picnic tables) on the west and southwest sections of the loop trail, this site has virtually no shade, so come prepared with water, hat and sun protection. There are restroom facilities in the parking area.

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