Location: Myakka River State Park Trailhead (Google Plus Code): 7P24+GC Myakka City, Florida Hike Length: 3 miles Time Estimate: 2 hours Habitats: Hardwood Hammock, Dry Prairie, Wetlands Notes: This is a relatively dry hike, good for a wet season, and it’s on flat, fairly even ground. However, always be prepared for some wetness under foot. […]
Florida Dry Prairie & Flatwoods
Dry Prairie & Flatwoods: The dry prairie has low shrubs and grasses occupying vast, level expanses of land. The habitat is unique to Florida and is notable for a lack of trees. Natural fires occur more frequently in dry prairies. In addition, dry prairies hold water after a heavy summer rainfall for a longer time than do pine flatwoods. Periods of prolonged flooding also inhibit the growth of pine trees. Florida’s dry prairies covered about 1.2 million acres before major European settlement. Flatwoods are very similar but typically have pine forests.
Location: Myakka River State Park Trailhead (Google Plus Code): 6PF2+Q8 Hike Length: 2.5 miles Time Estimate: two hours Habitats: Dry Prairie Notes: Almost always has some wet trail. You don’t need to go into the park entrance to access this – Access the Horse trail from 72, 1.4 miles east of the park’s south entrance. […]
Location: Myakka River State Park Trailhead (Google Plus Code): 6MRC+45 Myakka City, Florida Hike Length: 5 miles Time Estimate: 3+ hours Habitats: Hardwood Hammock, Dry Prairie, Wetlands Notes: Requires permit – contact Ranger’s office for information. If the water is high, you cannot access Deep Hole – check with ranger station. Butterfly Orchids – There […]