Two separate tracts feature a nature center, boardwalk, and miles
of trails through habitats that include sandhills, freshwater
marshes and prairies, hardwood hammocks and the second-largest
contiguous tract of old growth longleaf pine in Florida.
Gopher tortoises inhabit the sandhills areas, while bull frogs, pig
frogs, gopher frogs, barking tree frogs, dwarf sirens and tiger
salamanders find refuge in the shallow waters of May's Prairie. A
variety of herons, egrets, ibises and wood ducks are found
year-round on the prairie, and ring-necked ducks, lesser scaups and
hooded mergansers are reliable winter visitors. More than seven
species of snakes reside here, as well as, pileated and red-headed
woodpeckers, warblers (black and white, yellow-throated, pine and
palm), hermit thrushes and summer tanagers. Toad species include
oak, southern, eastern narrowmouth and spadefoot.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Chinsegut Nature Center is located seven miles north of Brooksville
on U.S. 41, then one mile west on S.R. 476.
Central Florida Wildlife Sites