Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area

3365 Taylor Creek Rd., Christmas, 32709
(407) 568-5893
sunrise to sunset
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This large, wild tract of land along the St. Johns River has an amazing diversity of habitats, including lush sabal palm hammocks, wetlands, cypress swamp and picturesque pine flatwoods. Stop at the entrance kiosk to register, pay and to pick up a bird list and map. Also check the notice board for possible road closures. The majority of the WMA’s dirt roads can be driven in a two-wheel drive vehicle; if roads are wet or too sandy, they may be closed. Slowly cruise eastward on Powerline Rd. scanning for Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Red-shouldered Hawks, Eastern Bluebirds, Wild Turkeys and wintering sparrows. Jim Creek Slough can have Wood Storks and impressive flocks of vultures adorn the powerlines and roadside trees for much of the way. The road dead ends at the river, and Black Skimmers and Crested Caracaras are possible. Sandhill Cranes and shorebirds can sometimes be spotted and be sure to check the marsh for Sora, and American Bitterns from fall to spring. Pine flatwoods on the north and south ends of the property have resident Brown-headed Nuthatches and Bachman’s Sparrows. In winter, mixed flocks of warblers and songbirds are typically present near the horse camp and youth camp on the north end. Butterfly viewing can be great; Palamedes Swallowtail, Gulf Fritillary, Silver-spotted Skipper and Northern Cloudywing are frequently seen in summer. Seasonal hunting occurs at this site on select dates, please click here for more information.

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