Disney Wilderness Preserve Trails

Poinciana, Florida 34759

Disney Wilderness Preserve Trails

Disney Wilderness Preserve Trails Professional Review and Guide

"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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"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 that is returning the property to more of a wetlands condition. Disney’s name is connected to the preserve thanks to the US Clean Water Act that 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. About 3 miles of hiking and interpretive trails are laid out on about 700 acres of the 12,000-acre property.

The other 11,000-plus acres are being used for restoration and research projects and it is unlikely that the trail system will be expanded. That’s hardly a hardship since the present system easily consumes most of a day. One nice touch is that cypress-shaded picnic tables have been located at two points. Special Attractions: Wide variety of plant life but particularly the bird watching, many of them residents. The best bird watching is in winter when the migratory species visit; not to be confused with the simultaneous human migration of “snow birds.”"

Disney Wilderness Preserve Trails Reviews

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3/14/2010
The directions weren't quite right. After turning right onto Pleasant Hill Road, take a Left 1/4 mile on Scrub Jay Road (there is a Nature Conservancy Sign). Go down 1/3 mile and preserve is on the left. The 4.5 mile loop has been closed for 3 years as they are trying to conserve it. It should reopen soon. The 2.2 mile loop is open. Beautiful area. Lovely interlude especially after the chaos of Disney World.
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1/28/2008
This short (2.5 mile) trail through the preserve allows visitors to see what Central Florida used to be. Really quite beautiful.
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1/7/2007
I walked this short trail with my wife. Filled with scrub and palmettos this trail offers a pristine lake and several stands of pine. We did not see any signifigant wildlife but did see many White Tail Deer tracks along with other small animal tracks. Eagles soared in the warm winter breeze above us as we walked the full loop. The trail is well maintained and the area seems natural and open. The trail is flat and at times is along the dirt roads that are used by those that maintain and protect the area. This trail is no longer isolated as it says in the description but rather is an oasis of natural features in the middle of newly and continuing development. Let's hope the Nature Conservancy can keep it that way for a long time to come.
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Poinciana
Nearby City
5.4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Duration
Best in November
Season
Disney Wilderness Preserve Trails
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Oct 2018