Tiger Creek Preserve


The Tiger Creek Preserve in Lake Wales, Florida is home to more than eight miles of hiking trail. The Preserve is located between Frostproof and Babson Park on US 27. It includes some of the highest and oldest land in the state and features extensive botanical diversity. The preserve includes more than 4,500 acres worth of land including flatwoods habitats, hardwood swamps, hammocks, sandhill and oak scrub. The name Tiger Creek originated from the blackwater stream that is part of the preserve. It is managed by The Nature Conservancy. There are a number of wild animals on the preserve, including some of the rarest in Florida like the pygmy tree, the scrub lizard, scrub jay and the Florida bonamia. The main part of the trail is located at the Pfundstein Trailhead and the Highland Loop. This area is a great example of the ancient lands of the state. The trail is windy and features a lot of turns, so be sure you are paying close attention while you are hiking. The trail is open only during the day and camping is no permitted in the area. Firearms, vehicles, hunting and trapping are also banned. Those hiking in the area should bring plenty of water and be aware of where they are walking.

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