Manager's Message

Park Manager Andy Noland standing at Catfish Creek surrounded by saw palmetto, oaks, and a lake behind him

Andy Noland, Park Manager

Monument of Allen David Broussard at Catfish Creek

It’s a perfect time of the year to really get out and enjoy, experience and explore some of the most awesome natural resources Florida has to offer at Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park.

Water levels are still lower than normal in the ponds, but the creek is flowing well.

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

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. Keep a sharp eye for these listed critters and plants.


Catfish Creek Preserve State Park offers 7 miles of equestrian trails. We do ask that horseback riders please stay on the designated equestrian trail. The park is working hard to restore the quality of our hiking trails and our service roads.