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.
"Most likely nearly all of Florida's Gulf coast once
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.
View the Recreation Master
Plan for Chassahowitzka Wildlife
View the Conceptual
for Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area.