Prairie Pines Preserve includes 20 miles of hiking and equestrian trails, an ADA-accessible loop trail, and a path for on-leash pet walking. This large preserve consists of many diverse native plant communities, including wet and mesic flatwoods, depression marshes, wet prairie and prairie hammock. Birds and wildlife commonly observed at this preserve include wood storks, red-headed woodpeckers and marsh rabbits.
When the 2,654 acres for this preserve was acquired, many of the native plant communities were disturbed due to a lack of fire and alteration of sheet flow patterns. Dense stands of melaleuca, an invasive exotic tree, were logged between 2009 and 2011, and pines have been thinned. Controlling the spread of invasive exotic plants remains a primary management focus for this preserve. Prescribed burning, roller-chopping and mowing are also used to minimize the risk of wildfire due to heavy fuel loads caused by dense vegetation.
Prairie Pines Preserve is also one of the few Conservation 20/20 locations that include a paved parking area and restroom facilities. These amenities, as well as trail markers, interpretive signage, and some exotics treatment were made possible through a grant awarded by the Florida Communities Trust program.
Bird Watching, Geocaching, Hiking (Boardwalk), Hiking (Marked Trails), Hiking (Unmarked or Fire Lines), Horseback Riding, Nature Study/Photography, On-leash Pet Walking, Picnic Area
Prairie Pines Trail Map
Guided nature walks occur at this preserve. Download guided walks schedule