Friend Maureen recommended this Park to me last year. Alas, I didn't get there until January 14th, 2017. It did not disappoint! The Park was the first State Preserve in Florida in 1971, and it is now recognized as a National Natural Landmark. The northern part of this 21,000 acre mixed marsh-lake-savannah wonderland borders Gainesville, and a long bicycle trail in that university city. The south end is close to Micanopy Florida down highway 441.
We stopped first along 441 to view the Prairie, and found hundreds of Red-winged Blackbirds already nesting in the marsh. We proceeded to the north entrance, location of the visitor center, obtained information and brochures, and then hiked to the high lookout tower. Vistas seem endless. I could see a few Sandhill Cranes, wild horses, and a Black-crowned Night Heron.
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See you next time!