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Visitors to this scenic 1,613-acre park will see an abundance of wildlife and plantlife, particularly gopher tortoises and “buzzards.” During winter, thousands of these large birds, which are actually black vultures and turkey vultures, roost in the trees and soar overhead. Throughout the year, large gopher tortoises may be seen digging large dens in the sandy soil. Alligators, herons, egrets, eagles and many other species also live in this protected park. A 375-acre lake is popular with boaters and skiers, and fishing for bass, crappie, catfish and bream is excellent. Facilities include a campground, picnic shelters, playground, swimming beach, hiking trails and fishing docks.
Little River Trail
(multi-use/0.9 mile length/walking & biking/partial accessibility/natural surface/softness, distance, obstacles)
This 0.9-mile trail introduces you to a River Swamp. Periodically flooded by the Little River, these bottomlands contain plants such as bald cypress, tupelos and spruce pine, that have adapted to wet conditions. This area is the interface between higher and drier uplands and the aquatic river environment. There are extensive boardwalks and two observation points overlooking the river. Look for river otters, spotted turtles and deer.
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The Birdwalk Trail
(multi-use/0.6 mile length/walking & biking/limited accessibility/natural surface/softness, grades, obstacles)
This 0.6-mile trail takes you away from the river and traverses through five natural communities. The most striking is probably the mixed southern hardwoods, where you’ll see towering Southern magnolias, hickory, American holly and the rare silky camellia. Another unique aspect is the boardwalk featuring an observation area among a variety of ferns.
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The Upland Loop
(multi-use/0.9 mile length/walking & biking/partial accessibility/natural surface/softness, obstacles)
This 0.9-mile trail takes you in a short circle. You’ll begin on the edge of a floodplain forest among a mixture of pines (slash, pond and loblolly) and then cross an open pine woodland where longleaf are more dominant. The trail also features wiregrass, flowering dogwood, Yellow Jessamine and Highbush blueberry.
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Turkey Oak Trail
(multi-use/0.3 mile length/walking & biking/partial accessibility/natural surface/softness, obstacles)
This short 0.3-mile trail cuts through the Upland Loop traversing through a variety of “scrub oaks” — turkey, blue jack, laurel and blackjack oak. Other plants include sassafras, sparkleberry, persimmon and two species of rare pitcher plants. Gopher tortoises are also abundant in this area.
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The Gopher Tortoise Bike Loop
(multi-use/1.0 mile length/walking & biking/partial accessibility/natural surface/softness)
This one-mile-long bike trail covers an area that was once cultivated and features a variety of scrub oaks, longleaf pine, saw palmetto and wiregrass. You’ll also see large live oaks and wax myrtle. This section is also part of our Gopher Tortoise Management Area and the tortoises are commonly seen here.
More about the Gopher Tortoise Trail.
(multi-use/1.0 mile length/walking & biking/limited accessibility/natural surface/softness, grades, obstacles)
This 1.0-mile connector trail links the Little River Loop and the Birdwalk Trail to the northern tip of the park at Red Roberts Landing. The trail climbs steadily from bottomland forest to high river bluff providing scenic overlooks of the beautiful Little River. The forested bluff is dominated by pines and palmettos with an occasional gopher tortoise burrow.
Red Roberts Loop
(multi-use/0.6 mile length/walking & biking/limited accessibility/natural surface/softness, grades)
This 0.6-mile trail at the northernmost end of the park can be easily accessed from the Red Roberts Landing parking lot. The forested loop trail features two small wooden bridges crossing one of many small drainage creeks that flow into the Little River.
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