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Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

 Activities at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Bicycling

Bicycling

Hard shell roads suitable for biking, along with 100 miles of trails/service roads for off road bicycling, are shared with hikers, horseback riders and park vehicles.

Bike rentals are now available at the Preserve Office.

Camping, Equestrian

Camping, Equestrian

Kilpatrick Hammock Campground offers Equestrian Camping with 50 amp electrical service and water at each site. One paddock is provided for each campsite. Water is provided in the south western most paddocks and a central community water source is located near the kiosk at the entry to this camp loop. A composting toilet is provided in this camp loop for campers' convenience. Equestrian campers also have access to the bathhouse in the family camp loop.  Pets are allowed overnight in the campground, must be on a 6 foot hand held leash and well behaved at all times. Pets must not be left unattended. Pets are allowed on the service roads but are not allowed on the Hammock Trail (orange markers).

Camping, Full Facility

Camping, Full Facility

Surrounded by 54,000 acres of prairie, campers at the Kilpatrick Hammock Campground can experience real Florida wilderness with access to modern conveniences. Water and electricity are provided at all 35 camp sites along with a spacious ADA accessible restroom with showers and laundry. A water filling and dump station is centrally located for campers. Trails are located near the campground to allow for exploration into the preserve. The park's remoteness makes Kissimmee Prairie an ideal location for star gazing. The park also offers the Bedtime Story Camper Lending Library of picture books for campers aged four to nine. Please come to the office to check out the books. Well behaved pets are allowed in the campground.

Maximum RV length = 65 ft.

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

Camping, Primitive

Camping, Primitive

The Preserve offers three wilderness primitive campsites located 2.5 miles from the office. Since these sites can only be reached by hiking or biking, please check in at the office two hours before sunset. Sites have a picnic table and a fire ring. Everything must be backpacked in, including water, and packed out. The three sites are available to individuals or groups, with a maximum of four persons per site. Pets and horses are prohibited at the wilderness primitive camp sites. Call the park office for reservations at (863) 462-5360.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking through the grasslands of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park will find you in a place so unique, there is no other place on earth to see the same combination of plants and animals. You may startle white-tailed deer feeding on the tender grasses or send an Indigo Snake slithering off the trail to hide in the wiregrass. Scan the skies and see a Crested Caracara or Bald Eagle soaring overhead; listen carefully and you may hear endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrows singing in their natural prairie habitat. Wildflowers dot the countryside including Yellow Bachelors Buttons, Pipewort, Blazing Star, Meadow Beauty and the delicate Alligator Lily. Enjoy the prairie by looking into it – not at it. Please be aware that trails are shared with horseback riders, bicyclists and park vehicles. Pets must be on a 6 foot hand held leash and well behaved at all times. Pets are allowed on the service roads. Pets are not allowed on the Hammock Trail (orange markers).

For your convenience, here is the Kissimmee Prairie Trail Map

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Riding the trails at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park on horseback is one of the best ways to see the real Florida. With more than 100 miles of two-trail roads, horseback riders are apt to see an abundance of wildlife. The trails take you through dry prairie, moist wetlands and cool, shady hammocks. Bring your own horses and enjoy a day's ride or stay overnight in our equestrian campground. Please be aware that trails are shared with hikers, bicyclists and park vehicles. Pets must be on a 6 foot hand held leash and well behaved at all times. Pets are allowed on the service roads. Pets are not allowed on the Hammock Trail (orange markers).

Pets

Pets

Pets are allowed in the preserve. They must be kept on a six-foot, hand held leash and well behaved at all times. Pets may not be left unattended at any time. Pets are permitted on the multi-use trail system (which consists of park service roads), but are not permitted on the Hammock Trail (orange markers). Pets are not allowed in the wilderness primitive campsites.

Picnicking

Picnicking

A small number of picnic tables are available near the park entrance and next to the park office.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

All restroom facilities are ADA accessible. Clivus Multrums (large Port-o-lets), are provided at the entrance of the park and at the Equestrian Campground. Additional restrooms are located at the office. A full facility ADA accessible bathhouse is located at the family campground.

Star Gazing

Star Gazing

It is difficult to find a location in Florida that is further removed from urban and suburban light pollution than Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park. Campers at the Prairie have the chance to see stars, planets, and other celestial bodies in incomprehensible numbers and unforgettable brilliance. Along with Jupiter and Saturn, both clearly visible in the night sky, the International Space Station and Space Shuttle (when in orbit) can also be seen making their orbits around the Earth. The Kissimmee Prairie Preserve offers the best viewing of the night sky in the region.

Tours

Tours

Take a ranger-led prairie buggy tour and see the remote areas of the park. From an elevated seat, one will see spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. The ride lasts approximately 2 to 3 hours. Bring sunscreen, a hat, drinks and snacks. Tours are offered from the first weekend in November to the last weekend in March and only on weekends and state recognized holidays. Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made up ot 60 days in advance by calling the park office at (863) 462-5360. $17.00 (plus tax) for adults, $9.00 (plus tax) for children 17 and under. Please note that tours are contingent on weather and the mechanical conditions of the prairie buggy.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park offers excellent seasonal birding opportunities for the nature tourist. The Park offers refuge to six federally threatened and endangered species, and a further six species of special concern. Highlights of a birding trip to Kissimmee Prairie may include the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow, Burrowing Owl, Crested Caracara, Wood Stork and the recently sited White-Tail Kite with many other possibilities. The Park also has enough varied habitats, including wetlands, dry prairie, and hardwood hammocks, to offer the bird watching, nature tourist a full day of recreation.

Print a copy of our Bird Checklist -- how many of our beautiful birds you can spot?

Kissimmee Prairie is also home to a host of wonderful butterflies. Here's our Butterfly Checklist