What to do in William Beardall Tosohatchee State Reserve

**Note: This information was provided by www.floridastateparks.org.

Alternating cycles of fire and flood have created an extensive mosaic of freshwater marshes, swamps, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks in this reserve, which borders 19 miles of the St. Johns River. The reserve's diverse habitat supports a wide variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, bobcats, fox squirrels, bald eagles, gray foxes, turkeys, hawks, owls, and many species of songbirds. Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing and nature study while bicycling, hiking, or horseback riding on miles of trails. Fishing is another popular activity. Regulated hunting is allowed during the scheduled hunting season with a special permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Primitive camping is available for organized youth groups, equestrians, and hikers. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by calling the reserve.

General Information: We offer Primitive Camping opportunities only. No Motor Homes, trailers, or camper shells permitted. Fee: All campsites are $4.00 per night per person plus tax for all ages. Reservations: Call the park office at (407) 568-5893. Pets: Pets are not allowed overnight. Cutting Tools: One axe or hatchet permitted per campsite. No Machetes. Use dead downed wood only. ****CAMPING IS NOT PERMITTED THE NIGHT BEFORE OR DURING QUOTA HUNTS. CHECK THE SCHEDULE UNDER OUR "ACTIVITIES" PAGE**** ****NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, GUNS, OR FIREWORKS*****A horseback campsite is reserved exclusively for riders and their horses. For safety reasons, only one group at a time may stay in the campsite overnight; however, day use riders may park their rigs in this area. The campsite has a designated fire ring, picnic table, and an in-ground pump with a water trough for the horses (not potable for humans). Riders can picket their horses to trees (NO NAILS PLEASE!) or bring portable fencing. We advise that you double-halter stallions when tied to picket lines and use panic snaps for safety on picket lines. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by calling the office. Be sure to bring proof of negative coggins.

Visitors can drive on 19 miles of dirt roads. Call for information about seasonal road conditions. Power line Road enables visitors to experience a unique drive through a marsh environment and scenic river views. Be sure to bring your binoculars and camera. Opportunities to go birding and shoot photography are abundant. Visitors must park in designated parking areas.

Recreation
There are many fishing opportunities available at Tosohatchee. Visitors with a valid fishing license can fish at the Saint Johns River or at our lakes. Boats and canoes are permitted, but gas powered motors are not. Fisherman can expect to catch Bass, Speckled Perch, and Catfish.

Tosohatchee offers over 20 miles of multi-use trails. In addition, the Florida Trail transects the property. Hiking, biking, horseback riding (negative coggins required) and dog walking (on a leash) are permitted on all multi-use trails. Parking areas are located at the trail head in most sections. Maps are available at the entrance kiosk.

Location
Located east of Orlando south of State Road 50 on the west bank of the St. Johns River.

Climate
Florida's weather is dominated by the water that surrounds it. The Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Gulf of Mexico in the west provide a stabilizing force that maintains the mild climate. Northern Florida is considered sub tropical, although it does receive some snow. This area is drier than the rest of the state. Southern areas of the state, definitely the Keys, lie within a tropical climate. Humidity is high, a characteristic of the climate, although the temperatures usually don't extend past 90 degrees F.

On the average the state receives 50 to 65 inches of rain. Summer is the rainy season, which extends into October in the south. Hurricane season begins in late August. Some hurricanes can bring up to 25 inches of rain. An average of two hurricanes per season reach the Florida peninsula. Most often these storms reach the Atlantic Coast rather than the Gulf Coast.

Address
3365 Taylor Creek Road
Christmas, FL 32709

Phone: 407-568-5893

Email: michael.strivelli@dep.state.fl.us
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