Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek State Preserve is a great hiking area in Florida. It has wide sandy trails for hiking, horseback riding, and bird watching. It is located along the Lake Wales Ridge. The park includes over 8,000 acres of flatwoods, scrub, and sandhill habitat. There are over 6 miles of hiking path plus over seen miles of equestrian trails. There is also a covered gazebo where one can sit and fish or view the amazing plants and wildlife. The preserve includes typical Florida plants in addition to extremely rare plants such as cutthroat grass, scrub plum, pygmy fringe tree, and scrub morning glory. If you like birds there are typically amazing views of scrub jays and bald eagles. There are also amazing opportunities to see scrub lizards and gopher tortoises.
Please be aware this is a relatively primitive trail area so make sure to bring plenty of water to drink. Additionally it has several areas that are very sunny so make sure to bring plenty of sun screen. The park is typically open from dawn to dusk. As of October 1, 2013 there was no fee to go to the park for the day. However there is a fee to spend the night in one of the primitive campsites. The Kissimmee State Park Staff or Florida Division of Recreation and Parks can be contacted for more information about reserving a primitive camping site. Picnic areas are available here for free on a first come first serve basis.
The park is located at 4335 Firetower Road in Haines City. This is just off of Lake Hatchineha Road which is off of State Route 17 in the Lake Hamilton area. The park is unique in its topography as it does have a significant slope variation by Florida standards.