Kissimmee Prairie State Preserve consists of over 84 square miles of dry prairie lands along the eastern bank of the Kissimmee River. The preserve was purchased in 1997 in order to protect the endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow.
This is one place you want to make sure you don't stray off the trail too far. According to the ranger, they found a live 100 lb. bomb that managed to survive all the control burns they had done in the past.
At the end of Military Grade Road there is a nice view of the Kissimmee River. Just across the river is Fort Kissimmee.
Located along the eastern side of Kissimmee River just across from the Avon Bombing Range in northwest Okeechobee County, Florida.
From I-95 exit 66A near St. Lucie, go west on State Road 68 (Orange Ave) for about 25 miles. Turn right on US Hwy 441, drive for about 1 mile and then turn left on State Road 724 (Eagle Island Road). Follow road until it ends (about 15 miles). Turn right on Peavine Trail (dirt road) and follow road until you reach the park entrance (about 4 miles).
The preserve is open from 8:00 A.M. until sundown, 365 days of the year.
Both primitive and full facility camping is now available at the preserve. For $12 a night you can get a nice campsite at Kilpatrick Hammock campground, which is nestled among some very nice oak trees. Each site is equipped with water and electricity. A large bathhouse and laundry facility with hot and cold water is also available. Just a short distance away is a horse campground with paddocks. Even if you don't have a horse, you're welcome to camp there. For reservations call Reserve America at 1-800-326-3521.
If it's privacy you want and you have a tent, then for $3 a night you can camp at one of the 3 primitive campsites located in a beautiful oak hammock next to a slough. Each is equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring. Call the park office at 863-462-5360, if you wish to reserve any of these sites.
There are over 110 miles of old jeep trails at Kissimmee Prairie. None of them are marked, so make sure you remember how to get back to your vehicle. There's a trail map available at the park office, but it doesn't have all the roads on it yet. Note: This preserve use to be a bombing range, so make sure you stay on the trail and avoid going near any suspicious objects.
Color infrared aerial map of Kissimmee Prairie showing roads and future camp sites.
Last updated on 13-Sep-2012