Typical view [?]
NOTE: Not huge amount bit what was there was interesting
NOTE: Late in day it is
NOTE: All on a slope but not difficult.
NOTE: C+ Fine
NOTE: Unlikely - maybe if you left the trail but this is a bad place to do that
LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Pretty great and bizarre. Two sides that slope down a hill to Lake Placid. One side is thick scrub with creeks going through it. The other is the most stark example of Lake Wales Ridge sandy area I've ever seen.
A few miles away we saw Caracaras but not sure how common that is. Eagles, Towhee. Things you'd expect in scrub and in isolated tall pines.
We saw pigs. Supposedly it's bear country.
I think there was a chem toilet. Lumber over creeks. No staff despite being a state park.
I think there are 4 miles of trails so you could spend part of an afternoon. You get the gist of it half way out on the sandy part.
This place is pretty interesting for many reasons. On one side it's a weird thick scrubby area with creeks running through it. On the other is a really intense example of the sandy stripe in satellite photos that make up the Lake Wales Ridge - basically it was the beach eons ago when water levels were higher and now it's got quite a few stranded species living there. I think this is close the the southernmost point of it. The whole park is on a hill going down to Lake Placid. The drive around the lake from here to the city of Lake Placid and the city itself is pretty interesting as far as those things go.
The hill down the lake - enormous clouds of some kind of flies. They didn't exactly bite but they envelope you to such an extent you have to leave. Maybe I just did it on a bad day.
At night it can get oddly cool fast - if you stay near dusk you can feel the sand almost pulling the heat out of you. It's something about the pure sand here not holding in the heat like other areas. During the day I assume it could be like walking along a beach. Not sure why but other lake wales ridge areas don't seem like this to me.
Supposedly this is bear habitat - I wasn't holding my breath.
It's fairly close to Highlands Hammock State Park - that's the only reason we came here. On the way we had a GREAT prolonged encounter with a couple of Caracaras on the side of the road eating an animal. They are bizarre looking impressive birds we've only see one other time so far.
Walking in the actual scrub we spotted some pigs just barely and there weren't a great deal of birds visible but we saw eagles and a towhee. I'd believe it if more was possible here.
An odd thing about this is that it's a state park but no rangers - you just pay 2$ at an envelope drop.
Two thumbs up - recommended!
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