Pine flatwoods, hardwood hammocks, grasslands and several types of freshwater wetlands comprise this well-managed, 1,350-acre preserve between Avon Park and Sebring. Sun ‘N Lakes is perfect for the adventurous wildlife watcher, who will find 6.5 miles of casual and challenging multi-use trails to roam. Wading birds found at the preserve include Sandhill Crane, Wood Stork, Snowy Egret and Green Heron. Anhinga, Mottled Duck, King Rail, Purple Gallinule, Wilson’s Snipe and Sedge Wren are also possible. Follow the maintenance trail from gate 6 (or from the intersection of Picnic Loop and North Trail) westward to the edge of the preserve for a chance to observe Short-tailed Hawks. Keep your eyes and ears open for breeding residents such as Northern Bobwhite, Wild Turkey, Pileated Woodpecker, Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Warbler and Eastern Towhee. Butterfly viewing at the park can be excellent. Look for Black Swallowtail, Carolina Satyr, Little Yellow, Cloudless Sulphur and White Peacock along the trails. Named trails are marked and color-coded, download a trail map prior to visiting. Trail sections may be flooded at times, particularly after summer rains.