Located along the beautiful Lake Wales Ridge, Catfish Creek Preserve covers more than 8,000 acres of scrub, sandhill and flatwoods in addition to 65 acres of submerged land.
The preserve offers six miles of hiking trails, seven miles of equestrian trails, a covered pavilion, fishing and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. The preserve is home to numerous rare plants, such as the scrub morning glory, scrub plum, pygmy fringe tree and cutthroat grass, and several protected animal species including the Florida scrub-jay, bald eagles, gopher tortoises and Florida scrub lizards.
When you visit the preserve, make sure you are prepared for the rugged conditions typical of the scrub habitat. Bring plenty of water and be prepared for the challenging trails.
Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park Florida
4335 Firetower Rd, Haines City, FL 33844, United States
8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.
No fee required for day use. Primitive camping: $5 per night.
Suggested Equipment for Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park:
The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.
Catfish Creek offers fishing from ponds within the park. There is an approximately 1-mile hike from the parking lot. All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
Catfish Creek offers 6 miles of trails through and around the scrub, flatwoods and ponds. These trails are part of the Florida National Scenic Trail and are maintained by Florida Trail Association volunteers.
There are approximately 8 miles of trails available for horseback riding. Proof of negative Coggins is required
A small picnic area is available at the parking lot areas. First come, first served polic
There are two primitive campsites.
Site 1 is 1.7 miles from the parking lot located on one of the many picturesque ponds in the preserve. To get to Site 1, take the white blazed trail to the blue blazed trail to 22-21, then follow short trail.
Site 2 is 3.5 miles from the parking lot and is located along the bank of Catfish Creek. To get to Site 2, take the white blazed trail heading south (staying on white blazed trail) to 25-26 to 27 (old gate), then continue south on unmarked trail 0.7 miles to the site.
Both primitive campsites include a picnic table and fire ring.
The two primitive campsites are available by reservation only. Call 863-696-1112 for reservations or information.
Payment and reservations: There is a $5 per person per night fee to camp. Cash or check paid in person at Lake Kissimmee State Park or regular mail. Information needed: name, telephone number, address (to send camp slip), email and the number of people.
Things to know before your primitive getaway:
Make sure to bring all the essentials you need for the night including food, water, insect repellent, compass and personal items.
Campers should park in the parking lot and place their camp slip in the vehicle window (or hang the tag) from the rear-view mirror.
There are no facilities in the preserve other than the clivus toilet at the parking lot.
Maps are available in the mailbox just down the trail from the parking lot.
Pets are permitted in accordance with our Pet Policy.
Hammock camping is allowed in this camping area.
Everything is packed in and must be packed out upon your departure. We follow Leave No Trace principles at Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park.
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Hikers can observe many plants and animals found in the rare Lake Wales Ridge habitat.
Leave No Trace
Florida State Parks are proud community partners of LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS. Everyone is advised to comply with the following:
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITOR
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