The preserve protects the head waters of the Everglades ecosystem. The 12,000 preserve is one of the largest off-site wetlands mitigation projects ever undertaken in the United States. Before you head out on your hike you must first register at the self-serve stand. It is recommended for your safety that you bring drinking water, a hat, sun protection, bug repellant and wear appropriate footwear. The trail provides a up close and personal look at the preserves resident plants and animals. The trail leaves from the Conservations Learning Center and includes a one-mile trip to Lake Russell, one of the last remaining pristine lakes in the Orlando area. If you wish to hike longer the trail continues beyond Lake Russell, covering a 2.5-mile loop.
For a view of Orlando’s natural wonder head out for a hike at the Disney Wilderness Preserve.