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Florida Eco-biking... Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area

Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located along the St. Johns River in Christmas (east of Orlando). Entry is on Taylor Creek Road, between SR 50 and SR 520. About 22 miles of mostly hard-packed roads within the WMA are bikeable for fat-tire bikes. We found Powerline Road best for biking, Fish Hole Road and Long Bluff Road had some more sandy/rough sections. Mostly sunny, some shade; better as a cool weather ride. Part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, the WMA features over 200 bird species. Other wildlife include alligators, Florida black bear, white-tailed deer and many others. Habitats include floodplain marsh and swamp, wet and pine flatlands, and hammock. Pay a per person day-use fee at the entrance. (Detailed map and photos below.)

Lake toso Loop Trail

Location: Orange County (Taylor Creek Road, Christmas)
Mileage: 22 miles, plus more on WMA trails
Surface: Crushed stone, packed dirt, sand
Trailheads: Parking at entry kiosk, St. Johns River at the end of Powerline Road, and at Lake Charlie (See map)
Nearby points of interest: Orlando, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach

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Encompassing 30,000 acres, Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area has more than 60 miles of hiking trails including 12 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail. There are many hiking trailheads and trail crossings, with parking areas marked frequently along the roads. Since this is on the river the area can also flood. When too wet or too sandy, the WMA is shut down to vehicles.

Activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding (prohibited during hunting season), fishing, primitive camping, and hunting. Picnic tables are available; there are restrooms at the check-in station and Lake Charlie but no other facilities - bring water and snacks. During hunting season (Sept. - March), wearing hunter orange is recommended. Florida law requires bikers under 16 wear a helmet, but we recommend wearing one anyway especially when riding off-road.

Powerline Road to St. Johns River

Entering off Taylor Creek Road is the daily permit fee station and a hunter's sign-in. Powerline Road is very rideable to the St. Johns River. While the WMA fronts the river for about 19 miles, the only river access is at the end of Powerline Road. On weekends especially, this can be a popular fishing spot. One year at very low water, we were able to bike along the riverbank.

Fish Hole Road / Long Bluff Road

Off Powerline Road, take Fish Hole Road or Long Bluff Road to Lake Charlie (either way, it's a long loop back to Powerline - see map). Several trail crossings and trailheads through this section, some of the hiking trails are rideable for mountain bikes.

Lake Charlie

Lake Charlie is a man-made lake, created in the 1970's when the nearby Beachline Expressway was built. A popular fishing and birding spot, it includes parking, restroom, picnic tables and covered pavilions, fishing pier. Canoes, kayaks, and boats with electric trolling motors are allowed.

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