Tired of running in the same parks along the same trails? Interested in a place with miles of narrow trails for you to check out without getting bored? If that’s the case than you should take a visit to Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area. With over 60 miles of trails, some of which on the Florida Trail, you are sure to have a great run.
What Makes It Great
The Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area is a rural area of 30,000 acres located off of Colonial drive. The area includes a 11.3 mile section of the Florida Trail and 22 miles of other trails. Most of the hiking only trails are part of the Florida Trail with the exception of the short, yellow trail. The rest of the trails in the area are multi-use. Trail runners are welcome to use all of them, but keep in mind you will come across other people on horseback as well as mountain bikers on the multi-use trails.
Most of the trails are narrow and flat. The northern part of the Florida Trail includes an almost, zigzag pattern which will keep you on your toes while you run. Also, keep in mind that some of the trails can become overgrown. Keep your eyes open for trail blazes as you make your way through as it can be easy to get turned around.
Luckily most of the trails are shaded, so they will provide you with some relief from the sun. Even though that is the case, be sure to check the weather before heading out. During heavy rains the trails will develop large puddles which can produce swarms of mosquitoes. Also, make sure to bring enough water for your run as there is not a water source at the trailhead.
Who is Going to Love It
Anyone who enjoys trail running will have a great time in Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area. With the ability to piece together the perfect route from narrow and wide open trails, you won’t be disappointed.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The main entrance to Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area can be found along Taylor Creek road just off of Colonial drive in Christmas Florida. The area is open from 8am till dusk 365 days a year. Once you go through the entrance be sure to stop and pay the entrance fee. There are restrooms located near the main entrance and parking areas can be found throughout.
You will have a few options for your starting point, depending on which trail you are interested in. If you’re planning on running on the long, multi-use trail you can park near the main entrance and get onto the white trail.
If you’re interested in running along the Florida Trail, your best parking location can be found along Tosohatchee Creek. Go straight on Beehead road and turn left onto St. Nicholas road. You’ll find the parking area at the end of St. Nicholas road. Once you are parked, the Florida Trail can be access via a short side trail.
Keep in mind that this area is a Wildlife Management Area. Due to that, hunting is permitted during certain times of the year. Make sure to check the hunting schedule on the Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area website before arriving. If you do visit during hunting season, remember to wear orange so you are easily seen.