Winter and early spring is an awesome time to visit Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park. The 5 mile main park drive is a nice relaxing scenic experience to take in the view of some beautiful unspoiled panoramic natural prairie vistas. This time of year offers some of the best wildlife viewing. Plenty of turkeys and deer spotted regularly around the campground. The birding opportunities...
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Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
Welcome to Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
This 54,000 acre preserve protects the largest remaining stretch of Florida dry prairie, home to an array of endangered plants and animals. While driving the five-mile-long road into the preserve, visitors can enjoy sweeping vistas of grasslands reminiscent of the Great Plains of the Midwest. The preserve offers excellent seasonal birding opportunities and is home to the endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow, as well as the Crested Caracara and Burrowing Owl. More than 100 miles of dirt roads allow hikers, bicyclists and equestrians to explore prairies, wetlands and shady hammocks. November through March, ranger-led prairie buggy tours allow visitors to see remote areas of the preserve. Kissimmee Prairie’s remoteness makes it one of Florida’s premier locations for stargazing. For overnight stays, the Preserve has two full-facility campground loops: family and an equestrian campground with paddocks. Proof of current negative Coggins test is required for all horses.
The park is located 33 miles northwest of Okeechobee via U.S. 441 and County Road 724.