Bordered on the west by the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, the 33,919-acre Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area is part of a nearly unbroken crescent of protected public lands stretching 200 miles from Pasco County to the Apalachicola River. Here you can hunt deer and small game or hike along trails through rare sandhill and scrub communities.

Chassahowitzka palms
"Most likely nearly all of Florida's Gulf coast once appeared
like that, before modern developers diked, ditched,
drained and filled ….."
-Archeologist Jerry Milanich

A driving tour will take you from upland pinelands, through transition zones to deep within the largest and most pristine hardwood swamp south of the Suwannee River. You might come across a family of wild turkeys, see a gopher tortoise sunning outside his burrow, or glimpse an elusive black bear.

 




FWC Facts:
The $2.7 billion that people spend to view wildlife in Florida is more than double the value of the state’s annual orange harvest.

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