In support of the resource management goals and
objectives for the area and to provide a quality experience for all
area users, the following recreation activities are allowed.
The Chassahowitzka Recreation Guide is a
useful resource when visiting this area.
Chassahowitzka has a moderate deer herd, an
increasing population of feral hogs, and fair numbers of small game
and waterfowl. Prescribed burns in the sandhill and flatwoods
should improve the habitat for deer. Quota permits are required to
hunt the first nine days of archery (150), muzzleloading gun (150),
first nine days of general gun (150), wild hog-dog (150), and
spring turkey (30).
Chassahowitzka's diverse natural communities
sustain a large variety of wildlife. Wildlife viewing is best in
the morning hours January through March and August through October.
This area is part of the Great Florida Birding
Trail. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the
area's wildlife. You may also request a copy or
download or print the Chassahowitzka Bird List .
From the Indigo Road/3 Bridge Road Trailhead are
two marked trails through flatwoods, sandhills, cypress domes, and
scrub. More adventuresome hikers may choose to explore the miles of
trams through the hardwood swamp. At the Weeki Wachee tract there
are a series of trails winding through the scrub.
During non-hunting periods bicycles are allowed on
named and numbered roads only. During hunting periods and the
7-day scouting period prior to each hunt, bicycles are allowed
throughout the area.
Chassahowitzka may be accessed by canoe or kayak
from Ryle Creek.
A driving tour with guide booklet provides a route
along Indigo Road, 3 Bridge Road, Rattlesnake Camp Road, and Gopher
Road. The route traverses the upland pinelands, through transition
zones to deep within the hardwood swamp. You may download and print the driving tour booklet, pick one up
when you visit the area, or order a copy.
See vehicle use regulations.