Three main trail loops take visitors through this 400-acre preserve of scrub, pine forest and scattered wetlands. The scrub is a remnant of an ancient sand dune ridge that once extended from Ocala to Lake Wales. Active management here seeks to restore this scrub habitat, which is home to more than 200 types of plants and animals.

Watchable Wildlife:
Habitats here support the Florida scrub-jay, eastern towhee, sand skink, blue-tailed mole skink, six-lined race runner, Florida scrub lizard and gopher tortoise. Common birds include rufous-sided towhee, mourning and ground dove, and warblers, vireos, gnatcatchers and wrens. Red-headed and red-bellied woodpeckers are common in the pinelands. Look for wading birds and ducks in the wetlands. Scan snags and utility lines for loggerhead shrikes.

Volusia County

(386) 736-5927

North of Deltona, take exit 53C (Saxon Blvd.) off of I-4 and travel 3.1 miles east to Providence Blvd. (CR 4155). Turn left and go north 3 miles to Eustace Ave. Turn left again onto Eustace and pull into the parking lot of the Deltona Public Library on the left side of the road. The trailhead is located behind the library.

Related Sites:
Other East Central Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks

FWC Facts:
The song of the wood thrush is so beautiful it inspired Handel to write a piece of music in the bird's honor. This songbird sings a loud, flute-like song, ending in a trill.

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