Picayune Strand State Forest

The cypress loggers left many trees that were considered too small to be removed back in the 1940's and 1950's. The Sabal Palm Trail gives hikers an opportunity to visit with some of those trees, some of them more than 100 years old now, on two short loops: 1.3 miles and 1.9 miles. The Sabal Palm Trail is jointly owned with Collier County.

Bird watchers might see red-cockaded woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers and wood storks on the property, in addition to the thousands of migratory wading birds and waterfowl who come and go with the seasons. You might also come across bald eagle, Florida black bear, swallow-tailed kites and Big Cypress fox squirrel. Florida panthers do live in the area but your chances of seeing one are slim.

The South Golden Gate Estates tract is being worked over by construction equipment as the government pursues the work necessary to accomplish the goals of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project. Sections of the property are closed to public access while the construction work is in progress.

Essentially all of Picayune State Forest is managed cooperatively with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and the South Florida Water Management District as the Picayune Strand Wildlife Management Area. The map below shows the designated hunting areas.

Map of Picayune Strand State Forest and Wildlife Management Area
Map courtesy of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission  
Southwest Florida area map

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Area map courtesy of National Geographic Topo!