Under an hour from Disney World, the Geneva Wilderness Area is a retreat from civilization. It's 180 acres of pretty scenery, including mixed hardwood swamp, mesic flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods and a lake system. I don't know what all that means; it's mostly from the website. But I know this: It's beautiful. And, it's adjacent to other wildlife areas like the Little Big Econ State Reserve. My media visit with the tourism folks from Seminole County took place on a scorching hot summer afternoon, so I didn't get to spot wild turkeys or deer, although we did catch two tortoises crossing the road.
We were lucky enough to drive over what are normally hiking paths. In fall, winter and spring, I'd prefer to hike them. The trails are wide and well-marked -- so much so that even I probably wouldn't get lost. That is saying something.
These are foundations for railroad tracks that ran through this property way back when.
That's a nice view from along the hiking trail.
The boardwalk makes hiking easy in places that would otherwise be rough.
In addition to the park itself, Geneva Wilderness Tour Area has an educational area called the Ed Yarborough Nature Center. It's the headquarters for kid camps, and it has displays ... and snakes.
The website is http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/parksrec/naturallands/geneva.aspx.
Enjoy our natural world,