Trail riding in Florida WMAs.
There are plenty of places to ride around in a Jeep in the central Florida area. Back in the 90s we often rode in the area South of SeaWorld and spent many hours looking for snakes and forging water holes. Most of that area is now developed and though there is still plenty of deer, the wild life is taking a hit from over building. This land is environmentally sensitive. Some species of snake require more land to live. Summer home ranges for the indigo snake can be as large as 273 acres they move from lower creek areas to dryer sandy areas during the year. When we build developments in the creek areas we are taking their habitat away. This area is mostly posted and labeled no trespassing. I have heard of people being ticketed while pulling out. Always remember that even if it’s not posted it is still someone’s property. When you wheel take your trash out, take care of the environment, stay on the trails, don’t park in high grass, it could cause a brush fire, and if you can get permission.
Other areas that are open to riding are the WMAs Wildlife Management areas require a day us pass. They can be purchased at the entrance by filling out a card and putting it in the collection box, or online at http://myfwc.com/license/public-land-use/ There are plenty of signs in the WMAs that tell you where you can and cant drive. Mainly stay on named and numbered roads. You GPS should help. During hunting season it’s good to be aware of what is around you, driving up on a hunter who has been in a tree stand for hours waiting for a deer is aggravating to say the least. Most of the roads are easy to drive on and some you could drive around in a car. They provide ample areas to get out and walk around, and plenty of photo ops.
Some of our favorites are Tosahatchee, Three Lakes, Tiger bay, Withlahoochee, Citrus, and Apopka Wildlife drive. See our YouTube channel for videos. If you are looking for a nice easy ride and want to see animals then one of the best is Apopka, keep in mind it is only open during select days and is still recovering from hurricane Erma. You will probably see more gators the ever at the pump station. Where ever you ride please always ride safe, let someone know where you are going, don’t litter, and tread lightly.
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