Florida Eco-biking... Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area
Located on Florida's Gulf Coast, 15 miles south of Crystal River, Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a remote area. A 9-mile self-guided tour (brochure online or at hunter's sign-in station) is laid out for cars and bikes, but much more biking is available on the WMA roads. The roads contain some rough and/or soft spots, but generally rideable for fat-tire bikes. Entry and exit is from the same point. (Detailed map and photos below.)
Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area covers almost 34,000 acres of sandhill and scrub communities and contains Chassahowitzka Swamp, the largest forested coastal wetland south of the Suwannee River. Activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding, and hunting. Picnic tables are available, but no facilities - bring water and snacks. Mostly sunny, some shade; better as cool-weather ride.
Wildlife include bear, bobcat, gopher tortoise and fox squirrel. Birdwatching is abundant - the WMA is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. During hunting season, wearing hunter orange is recommended.
Pay a per person day-use fee at the entrance (next to the hunter's sign-in). Florida law requires bikers under 16 wear a helmet, but we recommend wearing one anyway especially when riding off-road.
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See also: Paddling on the Chassahowitzka River
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