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Seminole Ranch Observation Tower

Enjoy a short hike to stunning 360 degree views from an observation tower at this conservation area.

Seminole Ranch Conservation Area is nearly 30,000 areas in size and includes 12 miles of the St. Johns River. The property helps to filter nutrients during seasonal flooding; 96 percent of the area is part of the St. Johns River floodplain.

A great, short hike that offers a glimpse into this area’s natural beauty can be found just off of Hatbill Rd near Mims, Florida. From the trail head (see map below) visitors can set-off down the trail for a half mile before arriving at a huge observation tower that also acts as a bridge. The tower provides incredible views of the surrounding wilderness and salt lakes (which are fed by pockets of underground prehistoric salt water). This is a great place to see wildlife including a wide variety of birds such as white ibis, roseate spoonbills, white pelicans, southern bald eagles and sandhill cranes. Keep your eyes peeled for other wildlife including alligators and snakes. You will want to come prepared for limited shade along the trail.

Seminole Ranch Conservation Area area is open daily from sunrise to sunset, there is no fee to visit. You can find more places to explore the great outdoors near Orlando here.

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Seminole Ranch Conservation Area Tower

Seminole Ranch Conservation Area Tower

Seminole Ranch Conservation Area Tower

Seminole Ranch Conservation Area Tower

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Seminole Ranch Conservation Area Tower