Disney Wilderness Preserve Trails

Poinciana, Florida

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Despite its name, this 12,000-acre tract is not part of the huge Disney World holding. Instead, it is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), which is returning the property to more of a wetlands condition. Disney’s name is connected to the preserve thanks to the U.S. Clean Water Act, which requires wetlands damaged by human activity to be mitigated (replaced) elsewhere. The Disney Preserve is a mitigation project established in 1992 with an initial purchase of 8,500 acres. More acreage has since been added by other businesses that also had to compensate for disturbing natural wetlands areas. Their names, however, have not been added to the preserve’s title, perhaps to their relief. Six miles of hiking and interpretive trails are laid out on about 700 acres.
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by M. Timothy O'Keefe (Falcon Guides)

Despite its name, this 12,000-acre tract is not part of the huge Disney World holding. Instead, it is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), which is returning the property to more of a wetlands condition. Disney’s name is connected to the preserve thanks to the U.S. Clean Water Act, which requires wetlands damaged by human activity to be mitigated (replaced) elsewhere.

The Disney Preserve is a mitigation project established in 1992 with an initial purchase of 8,500 acres. More acreage has since been added by other businesses that also had to compensate for disturbing natural wetlands areas. Their names, however, have not been added to the preserve’s title, perhaps to their relief. Six miles of hiking and interpretive trails are laid out on about 700 acres.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Poinciana
Distance: 5.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Best in November
Local Contacts: Disney Wilderness Preserve Trails
Driving Directions: Directions to Disney Wilderness Preserve Trails

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May 2018