Friday, July 14

Friday Finds: Kissimmee Prairie State Park!

Today, another unique Florida state park find:
  Kissimmee Pairie State Park!

It's located in South Florida, east of Avon Park.
It's what is called a dry-prairie, an delicate eco-system of grasses and wetland. It was mostly used for cattle and agricultural purposes until World War 2, when a large portion of the area was used for training B-17 crews in air-to-ground bombing. After the War, the military put the land up for sale and it was again purchased by cattlemen. 
(Florida has long been a beef state.)
In 1997, the state of Florida purchased 48,000 acres to establish
Kissimmee Prairie State Park.
Since then, restoring that habitat back to it's original dry prairie eco-system has been on-going. 


Miles of Florida Prairie

What's Available:
Camping:  
* 35 sites are available for tents or RV's with electricity & water plus a bathhouse and laundry.


Campground



Equestrian Camping:
For horse owners who want to camp with their animals and trail ride, there's a special camping area just for you!
Activities:
* Hiking/Biking/Riding:
100 miles of dirt roads accessible for hikers, bicyclists & equestrians to explore! Bicycles are available for rental at the Park.


walking trail

*  Ranger-led Buggy Tours 
Available only on weekends and state recognized holidays, Mar - Nov. Reservations are required and there are fees.

* Star Gazing:
 Kissimmee Prairie is a member of the International  Dark Sky Association and is perfect for seeing the Milky Way!
You must reserve an "Astronomy Pad" viewing location for a fee in advance, but must be in the park before gates close.

* Birding/Wildlife Viewing
The park is home to an array of endangers plants, birds & animals.
Lots of native flowers! Great for photography! 




Before going, you'll want to sure and review Kissimmee Prairie's hours, fees for camping, tours & activities and review the park rules, especially for pets.

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