A spectacular birding and wildlife watching experience awaits you at Florida’s largest state park, which protects one of the last remaining examples of dry prairie in the state. In addition, wet prairie, freshwater marshes, oak and sabal palm hammocks, pine flatwoods, swamps and riparian habitats make this an incredibly diverse site. The prairie is a truly wild place, so come prepared. Over 150 bird species have been recorded; resident species include Crested Caracara, Florida Grasshopper Sparrow, White-tailed Kite, Short-tailed Hawk, Florida Scrub-Jay and Florida Burrowing Owl. The park’s landscapes are breathtakingly beautiful and remote especially at night! The park has some of the best stargazing in Florida. Butterfly viewing is superb, over 85 recorded species (including 37 species of skipper). March through October are good months for finding skippers. Stop at the visitor center for maps, bird and butterfly checklists, recent sightings and other information. Over 100 miles of trails and service roads are available for hiking, biking and horse riding. Explore Military Trail to the west, or Five Mile Prairie Trail to the north; both will take you through prime Florida Grasshopper Sparrow habitat. Unfortunately this endangered species has declined dramatically in recent years and sightings at the prairie are no longer guaranteed; ask staff for more information. Between November and March, ranger-led buggy tours take visitors to remote areas of the park (reservations required).