Platt Branch Wildlife and Environmental Area

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Don’t miss an opportunity to see high-quality longleaf pine flatwoods at the southern extent of its Florida range.

 

Sights




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Things to do

A loop trail winds through a mosaic of uplands and wetlands, providing ample opportunities to spot wildlife and see remnants of the historic uses of the property. read more »

Wildlife

Spot protected species such as the gopher tortoise, Florida scrub-jay, red-cockaded woodpecker and fox squirrel on this Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail site. read more »

Habitat and Management

Well-managed habitats such as longleaf pine flatwoods and scrub habitats benefit a range of protected species.  read more »

History

The area still bears witness to previous land uses over the last century; the timber and turpentine industries left their marks here in the 1920s and 1930s. read more »

Planning Your Visit

Platt Branch WEA comprises 1,972 acres and is located about 16 miles south of Lake Placid, east of Fisheating Creek.  read more »

 



FWC Facts:
The crested caracara is a resident of the prairies and range lands of south-central Fla. This boldly patterned raptor has a crest, naked face, heavy bill and longish neck and legs.

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