Okeechobee, Florida

Camp at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Originally added by Keith Curry-Pochy

One of the last remaining tracts of dry palmetto prairie is also Florida's first International Dark Sky Park. 

Sweeping views of open sky and vast palmetto prairies greet  visitors as they drive along the park drive. Here is one of the last remaining tracts of dry palmetto prairie, an ecosystem unique to Florida. This landscape is home to many rare species of wildlife, including the most endangered bird in the continental United States, the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow. During the day visitors can explore the hundreds of miles of trails. After the sun goes down the stars come out for a breathtaking view of the cosmos.

Kissimmee Prairie has 3 campgrounds; a family campground suitable for tents and RV's, an equestrian campground with stables, and a primitive campground two miles from the park office. Reservations can be made here: http://floridastateparks.reser...

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is located 40 minutes from Yeehaw Junction off the Florida Turnpike.

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Cycling
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Camping
Photography
Mountain Biking
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Scenic
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Breathtaking stargazing

Camped here overnight in March 2018 at one of the Astronomy pads. The trails are fine (admittedly only hiked a couple trails and for only a few miles), but the best part is spending the night in the park and taking in the dark sky.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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