Tenoroc Public Use Area

3829 Tenoroc Mine Rd., Lakeland, 33805
(863) 499-2421
6am to 7pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only

Also known as the Tenoroc Fish Management Area, this site is the third gateway for the East Section of the trail, acting as an information hub about the GFBWT and birding/wildlife viewing activities. This area is rugged, so come prepared. Visit the entrance kiosk, then check in at the office to pay your entrance fee and to pick up a map; if you are entering through the Tenoroc check station, remember to check out when you leave. This large site, which includes reclaimed phosphate mine lands, has a variety of habitats, with 14 miles of hiking trails and 15 miles of equestrian trails to explore. The Saddle Creek trails provide great birding and lead through unmined areas with floodplain swamp and pine forest. Up to 30 species of wood-warbler have been recorded during spring and fall migration including Worm-eating, Kentucky and Hooded. On Tenoroc’s west side, the Bridgewater Tract has wintering sparrow plots developed by the local Audubon chapter, as well as wildlife viewing areas on two artificial wetlands. Butterfly viewing can be very good, species seen here include Question Mark, Spicebush Swallowtail, Red Admiral and Tropical Checkered-Skipper. Other wildlife you may encounter includes Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise and River Otter.

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