Florida Trail Hike - KICCO Wildlife Management Area
Hiking/Walk DATE: 02/18/2019 - 02/18/2019
Trip/Event Location: Lake Wales, FL
Trip Leader(s): dnaturist
Max # People: 8
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Moderate
This will be a south to north, one-way hike on the Florida Trail, and will run through the Kicco Wildlife Management Area. It will be approximately 10.8 miles in length. The trail will parallel the... Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:
We will be meeting in the morning at a place called Jimmy's Truck Stop. The address and phone number are listed below:
Jimmy's Truck Stop
14907 SR 60
Lake Wales, Florida 33898
Phone number for Jimmy's is (863) 692-9125
We will be leaving the truck stop for the trailheads at 9:00 AM sharp. Please arrive earlier than 9:00 AM.
This ended up being a 10.1 mile hike through a variety of terrain. It started through some stately oaks. We walked through some open prairie for about 2.5 miles on the section of the trail that ran parallel to the Kissimmee Rver. As we walked near the river there was a large flock oh turkey buzzards giving us the eye. Fortunately we were walking fast enough for them to lose interest. In the flock was a very odd looking buzzard. It turned out to be a crested caracara (a large bird of prey). It seems that they like to hang out together. A first for me.
We got a taste of Florida scrub and some palm and oak forest at the end.
There were two of us on this hike which had us on the trail for 4 hours and 15 minutes.
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