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Walking trails near Disney Vacation Homes

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

When you’re staying in your Disney vacation home, you may need a day away from the long lines and loud crowds at the major theme parks. One ideal way to escape into an isolated and serene environment is to find a nice hiking trail at a nearby state park,wildlife refuge or national park. Believe it or not, there are plenty of peaceful paths to find at parks where you and your family can walk through Florida’s remarkable wildlife.
Hiking trails near Walt Disney World and Kissimmee include Oakland Nature Preserve, located on the edge of Lake Apopka. Novice and veteran hikers alike will enjoy the incredible walk through floodplain forests on the broad boardwalk and the dense oak hammocks, full of ferns and wildflowers. When you reach the trail’s end you’ll notice an observation platform. Be sure to visit the platform and if you’re worried about your kids getting too tired along the path, there are shelters and benches to rest and cool off.
Another great destination for tourists who want to take a hike for a day is Tibet-Butler Preserve, located in West Orlando. Tibet-Butler Preserve boasts an extensive trail system that winds through Longleaf Pine Forest, Bayhead Swamp and Cypress-lined lakeshore.
During your walk through Tibet-Butler Preserve, look for birds of prey such as osprey and owls . Tibet-Butler preserve is only a short drive from Walt Disney World., on County Road 535.
For hikers who enjoy a bit of education with their journey, check out the Reed Creek Environmental Study Center on Poinciana Boulevard.The center includes three short trails, including a 0.5-mile long boardwalk, which is the best trail for wildlife viewing. Reed Creek also has an Indian mound trail, an interpretive center and a third trail called Pine Woods Trail, which leads to a trail head located along Poinciana Drive.
Hikers who visit during the early part of the year may be fortunate enough to see young bald eagles in the eagles nest.