Sawgrass Island Preserve

Sawgrass Island Preserve, Umatilla: Hours, Address, Sawgrass Island Preserve Reviews: 4/5

Sawgrass Island Preserve
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Nature & Wildlife Areas
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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7 reviews
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jessica p
1 contribution
Peaceful but....
Apr 2019 • Family
Went with my family and children. There were 10 of us...as we were starting the trail a car pulled up with a guy in it that gave me the heebie jeebies. His pockets looked stuffed, different gadgets were hanging off of him. Granted he could have been out to enjoy the scenery bu his lonesome. However he gave me an uneasy feeling so we immediately left. Definitely sign in and out so that the someone can know you were there😳
Written April 20, 2019
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Cindy S
Orlando, FL24 contributions
Peaceful
Mar 2019 • Couples
There are several different trails to follow in this preserve and they are all well marked. We parked at the first parking lot which meant that the beginning of the trail was very sandy. At the end of this sandy area we came to another parking area so next time we would start at that one to avoid sand in the shoes. You do need to register in and out which I do think is a good idea. We met no other people on this trail and did see bear scat along with many birds and a few squirrels.
Written March 31, 2019
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Wayne-Librarian
849 contributions
Peaceful hiking
Mar 2019 • Solo
The well maintained, grassy trails on this 1178 acre watershed preserve are lightly used. I didn’t see any horses, but did see road apples and hoof tracks. Yes, there is a sign that bears have been sighted, and that is true of this whole rural area, but I saw no bear tracks. The trails vary in length from under a mile to 3 miles and wind through forest, marsh, and lakeside terrain. This is pleasant hiking fodder, not spectacular scenery, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Good signage, good interpretive materials including a printed brochure, even a QR code though I found the paper map in the brochure more helpful.
Written March 6, 2019
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Robert G
Grand Island, FL49 contributions
Nice park but isolated
Jan 2018 • Couples
Good trails and quiet. Not for the faint of heart. Bear tracks on the trail. Beautiful setting and be sure to check in and out.
Written January 6, 2018
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Al-Dorothy_M
Colchester, Vermont, United States38 contributions
a pleasant walk on the causeway
Dec 2017 • Couples
You can hear the sandhill cranes in the distance. We didn't see any until we exited park, and there they were on side of road. But the park is the adventure, plenty of trails to walk or ride your horse. Pathways are wide and mostly clear. Just enough shade so you don't get roasted. Don't forget to bring your water bottle,filled. a good place to run the kids
Written December 18, 2017
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Burgi3
Belleview, FL215 contributions
Nice hike but view was limited
Mar 2017 • Couples
Read other review and was excited. The first part of the trail is an access road along the back yard fences. Sa a few birds and a hawk perched about 1/2 mile thru the yards and on the street out front. No bear evidence and the lake view was after I bush whacked to a fence and yes could see the northern portion of lake at a couple hundred yards away. Was very disappointed with this hike. We love to photograph wildlife and even flowers. A normal hike will afford me 40 -50 shot for my portfolio...I got 5. Sorry won't be back.
Written March 25, 2017
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FlaHarlock
Tavares, FL4,772 contributions
Bear Prairie Trail
Feb 2017 • Solo
Hiked the Bear Prairie Trail on a beautiful Sunday morning. Three mile loop that gives you excellent views of Lake Yale and has tons of wildlife. Saw 3 deer, red-shouldered hawk, woodpecker, sandhill crane, and a crazy raccoon. Found bear tracks and a couple of trash bags (Trash bags are like bear picnic baskets.. Ha!). I love that LCWA is turning this into a Scrub-jay sanctuary. Amazing preserve that is open to bikes and horses too. No dogs (sorry Buc!). Several other trails available. Also primitive camp sites. Trailheads are great spots for a picnic (complete with picnic tables). All for the amazing price of FREE! Come see real natural Florida before it's gone.
Highly recommended!
Written February 26, 2017
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