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Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park

 About Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park

A view of the woods lined with trees and a cloudy sky.


Andy Noland

Primitive Backpack camping sites are now available.  Site 1 is approximately 1.7 miles from the parking lot & Site 2 is approximately 3.5 miles.  (see trail map)

CAMPING BY RESERVATION ONLY!  Please call Lake Kissimmee State Park at  (863)696-1112 for reservations or information.

Located along the beautiful Lake Wales Ridge, with 6 miles of hiking trails, 7 miles of equestrian trails, a covered pavilion, fishing, and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities in some of the rarer habitats in Florida, home to several species of protected plants and animals, Catfish Creek offers something for everyone.

Along the hiking trails at Catfish Creek one may see the endangered Florida scrub jay, which is endemic to the scrub habitats of Florida. As you meander along the trails at catfish you will be surrounded by some of the rarest scrub habitat in the world. This habitat is home to numerous listed species such as the pygmy fringe tree, cutthroat grass, gopher tortoise, and the Florida panther.  So keep a sharp eye for these listed critters and plants.


Equestrians: Catfish Creek is home to some of the rarer habitats in Florida. The park offers 7 miles of equestrian trails. We do ask that horseback riders please stay on the designated equestrian trail, as the park is working hard to restore the quality of our hiking trails and our service roads.


  • Catfish Creek Preserve is located about 35 miles south of Orlando.
  • From U.S. 27, turn east on County Road 542, through Dundee. Go about eight miles to Fire Tower Road.


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