Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area

US 19, Brooksville, 34613
(352) 592-5634
sunrise to sunset
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This site has much to offer. Enter at Indigo Lane, where an 8-mile, interpretive, driving tour loop begins. A series of single-lane, unpaved roads wind through sandhills, flatwoods, hardwood/palm hammocks, transition zones and one of the largest and most pristine hardwood swamps in all of Florida. Allow 2 hours for the tour, but take extra time to hike or bike the numerous trails and tram roads leading into the forests, scrub, swamp and marshes. Don’t miss the Wild Turkey Trace Trail and the Cypress Circle Trail interpretive paths off Indigo Lane. Prothonotary Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Hawk and Barred Owl are likely at this site; other possibilities include Wild Turkey, Wood Duck, Wood Stork, Hairy Woodpecker and Seaside Sparrow. Also look for Gopher Tortoises sunning at their burrow entrances or roaming the pinewoods. A remnant population of Florida Black Bears reside on the property; look for tracks, scat and other signs (ever seen a splintered Sabal Palm? Bears like “swamp cabbage” too!). Slaty Skimmer, Phantom Darner, and Gray-green Clubtail are among the dragonfly species recorded here. Seasonal hunting takes place at this site, please click here for more information.

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