At The Disney Wilderness Preserve, visitors can hike, bird watch, and enjoy old Florida’s natural beauty. There is no fee, although donations are appreciated.
What to See: Animals
Birds include the bald eagle, red-cockaded woodpecker, wood stork, sandhill crane, northern harrier and crested caracara. The preserve is also home to the southeastern big-eared bat, Sherman’s fox squirrel, eastern indigo snake and gopher tortoise. The Florida panther has even been documented crossing the site!
What to See: Plants
The Disney Wilderness Preserve features cypress swamp, freshwater marsh, scrub, flatwoods and oak hammocks. A rejuvenated longleaf pine forest—replete with lush understory of native grasses, saw palmetto and other shrubs—is one result of the return of prescribed fire to the land. Key flowers include the fall-flowering ixia, Catesby’s lily and terrestrial orchids.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Open daily, including weekends, November through March
Open Monday-Friday April through October
Type of Day Trip: Outdoor Fun
2700 Scrub Jay Trail, Kissimmee, FL, 34759