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Making the most of our "cold snap"

With the weather getting cooler, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the scenic Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve and all of the exciting outdoor pursuits it has to offer. This incredible preserve land will ultimately be connected to Starkey Ranch through our extensive trail system, allowing residents access to the over 30 miles of trails within the preserve. Whether you enjoy paved pathways for leisurely walks, or unpaved trails for adventurous hikes, this land has something for everyone. There are thousands of acres ready to be discovered - check out all of the ways that you can enjoy this diverse terrain!

Biking – All skill levels can enjoy these beautiful trails that wind through the wilderness preserve and connect to Suncoast Trail.

Camping – The wonder of Florida’s wilderness is waiting to be experienced in the vast landscape of the preserve’s campgrounds.

Bird Watching – Whether a casual viewer, or an avid birder, with nearly 150 species of birds within the preserve, no bird lovers will be disappointed here. 

Canoeing – Explore the deepest wildlands of a Florida blackwater cypress swamp, or float down the crystal clear waters of a pristine spring-fed stream.

Other recreational opportunities include fishing, hiking, boating, inline skating and so much more. The Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve is just another extended amenity for residents of Starkey Ranch. Now get out there and make the most of this perfect weather. For more information about Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve, click here.