Black Hammock Wilderness Area

Black Hammock Wilderness Area is a 700 acre Seminole County Natural Lands gem of a park located in Oviedo near Lake Jesup. More than 4 ½ miles of marked trails await hikers and bikers, along with many more miles of unmarked service roads. Impressive boardwalks raise you above swamp lands and deposit you in pine […]

Black Hammock Wilderness Area

Shingle Creek Steffee Landing

Shingle Creek Update

Shingle Creek Regional Park has really upped their game…and they’re not done yet! While this was a beautiful park when I first visited a year and a half ago, today awesome new facilities offer a whole new experience, including a paddling center and pioneer village. Shingle Creek is still 2 distinct parks, with Babb Landing […]


Merry Christmas from Christmas, Florida!

Christmas is wrapped in green…Christmas, Florida, that is. Located on the eastern edge of Orange County (Orlando), this small town of 422 households boasts more than 60,000 acres of public lands. Green. In every direction of the compass. And lots of water, too. An impressive array of habitats attracts an equally impressive array of flora and […]

Fort Christmas

Fort Christmas

Fort Christmas Historical Park

The full-scale reproduction of the original Fort Christmas that was built on Christmas Day in 1837 is impressive, but that’s just the beginning of this diverse park. Located off of State Road 50 in eastern Orange County (Orlando) in the town of Christmas, Fort Christmas Historical Park offers a full compliment of historical structures and […]


Savage-Christmas Creek Preserve

Beware the Red Trail. Seven multi/use (Hiking/Equestrian) trails wind through at least 3 distinct habitats in the Savage/Christmas Creek Preserve’s 1126 acres. The longest of these is the Red Trail @ 2.15 miles. This is the only trail on the map that is marked as seasonal…and for good reason. This hike was on a cold […]

Savage/Christmas Creek Preserve