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Gator Reserve

Birding / Hiking / Adventuring Roadtrip Info

ROUGH DRAFT

Aug 2018
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GRADES: Click each for info, * = Note
Revisit? D
Birding C
Wildlife B
Summer Heat B
Terrain B
Fun Hike C
Maintained B
Mosquitos D
Biting Files B *
Ticks B
NOTE: Didn't see any but wouldn't be surprised.
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: 9725 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL, Polk, USA, 33809
OFFICIAL INFO:

1) What It's Like

Read the experience section - well done trail in a forest but you don't feel you're deep in the woods about to see deer on the trail - though it is near a wildnerness.

2) Kinds of Birds

We saw egret and some typical forest birds like titmice.

3) Wildlife

Saw none. It's near larger wilderness so you shouldn't be surprised to see some.

4) Amenities

Paved - I was thinking I'd love this if I was in a wheelchair or with grandparents. I don't think there was a bathroom but I could be wrong.

5) Time Requirements

Loop isn't very long. Short hike.

Experience

This is one of the most wild paved trails we've seen. It's a (swampy) forest and a pleasant hike but it doesn't feel like it's a remote old ecosystem connected to a large wildlife cooridor. So it's nice and I'd feel lucky to have it if I lived here but you don't get the sense you're going to see something incredible at every turn. Stop if you're driving by - don't go out of your way to visit would be what I'd tell past me with a time machine.

 

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